This girl just does not get it. If I were Aaron, I would have gotten a restraining order against her. I don't even care that she was jusRobyn be like:
This girl just does not get it. If I were Aaron, I would have gotten a restraining order against her. I don't even care that she was just trying to get him into the holiday spirit. Sneaking into his office, sending him emails every day, sending him a Christmas card, inviting him to dinner, inviting him to dinner again, etc. Holy crap, just give up, lady.
So you can get this book for free from Amazon. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but it's just kinda... over. Though you assume they'll probably go on another date or something. Anyway, the story continues in the next book, which is 88 pages and you can buy it for three bucks. ALL the reviews say it's not worth the money and readers are furious. There are continuity errors (apparently the author forgot where her characters grew up and changed their backstory from one book to the next) and a dreaded cliffhanger. I'm not bothering to read it.
This is a very PG story featuring a stalker and a Scrooge. Read at your own risk....more
SPOILER ALERT: This is a four part story - four books, one story. There is no reason for anyone to read parts two or three if they haven't read part oSPOILER ALERT: This is a four part story - four books, one story. There is no reason for anyone to read parts two or three if they haven't read part one. So I'm reviewing the entire story here - four books, one review. I'll try not to spoil anything, but be forewarned that I'll be discussing things that happen after the cliffhangers. So here we go...
I grabbed this because it was a freebie on Amazon. I had no idea that it was a cliffhanger and would continue on in three more parts. They hook you in with that freebie, then end the book in the middle of the climax so you're forced to buy the second book. Even if you only want to find out how the one cliffhanger scene ends. But I'm onto you, Amazon. I was able to find out how the scene ended by ordering the free sample for the next book. Gaming the system, bitches.
Unfortunately, the sample included a couple more scenes that only made me want to continue reading, so I had to buy the next book anyway. YOU GOT ME, AMAZON. You fuckers.
So, part one. Well, there is a lot going on. Let me figure out how to explain without spoiling. As a last request of Marshall's grandpa, Eva and Marshall are supposed to go on a cross country road trip to scatter grandpa's ashes in the ocean. Grandpa has left an itinerary - go to Dollywood, explore the history of New Orleans, visit this old mansion, etc. Eva adores Marshall, but sticks to that whole "suffer in silence so I don't ruin our friendship" thing like a true martyr. And Marshall has been dating a gold-digging manipulative whore named Simone since forever. Like a true moron, he invites Simone along with them on their road trip. Oh, and grandpa isn't actually dead.
Because this is a four parter, there is time for the author to cover the romance, the drama, and the road trip. Eva, Marshall, and Simone stop at numerous historical or interesting landmarks and we get a little history lesson at each one. Sometimes perhaps not little enough. The author goes on a bit a few times when I really just wanted to find out what was happening next. No area of the story suffers due to too much attention being paid to another.
On the other hand, sometimes you're left wondering what the fuck is going on. Something weird or crazy happens every few chapters and very little thought is given by the characters to the weird or crazy thing that happened earlier. In the second book, somebody (not a main character) dies and Eva sees their ghost. She never gives it another thought. Somebody else almost dies and after the ensuing "OMG you're alive!" drama, nobody thinks about it again. Actually, a lot of people die, almost die, kinda die, or are dying. Shitload of dead in this story now that I think about it.
But there's so much insanity, you kinda get this feeling... every time the characters step out of the car, like "Shit, what could possibly happen this time?" Which is kinda fun, but also exasperating. Eva was a Mary Sue and I know nothing about Marshall except he's rich for some reason, both of them exasperating. And then the editing... the editing might be the most exasperating of all.
The tense randomly switches from third-person past tense to first-person past tense, to first-person present tense, and back again. We're talking "he", "she", "it" and suddenly it's "I", "I", "I", and I have no idea whose POV I'm reading. And that happened right in the middle of a paragraph. On top of that, Simone is sometimes referring to as "Eva". And then there were continuity issues, like having a character do something twice like the author forgot they had already done it.
My only complaint about the relationship is that these two people took years to get together. They're in love with each other for years, but it took some serious shit for them to admit it to each other. The next page, Eva is calling Marshall her boyfriend in a very proprietary manner. They're calling each other "babe" and "baby"... It feels disingenuous. There is not "getting comfortable" phase, they just jump right into the type of relationship that takes weeks to develop. I found that intensely annoying. I dated and then married my best friend. When we started dating, there were a couple weeks of "OMG this is so new and wonderful" and we had to feel each other out in regards to this new relationship. After years of being just friends, we didn't jump right into pet names and all that. So it's weird to see Eva and Marshall act like they've been together for longer than they have.
Aside from the editing, this is a very entertaining read. Also a bit educational if you're interested in Southern U.S. history. The romance is sweet, the characters are amusing. I haven't read the fourth and final part, but I'm convinced I know how it will end. I'll add a bit to this review when I do finish the series....more
Meet Rebecca. Totally dependable, boring, 9-to-5 number cruncher Rebecca. She's never done anything impulsive, shOkay, let me spoil this shit for you.
Meet Rebecca. Totally dependable, boring, 9-to-5 number cruncher Rebecca. She's never done anything impulsive, she's never even gotten a parking ticket. Rebecca's aunt, who was also totally dependable and boring, passes away just after retirement, when she was making plans to travel and do all the things she had been putting off her whole life. Which is when Rebecca realizes that she's on the same path as dear auntie. So she quits her job, sells every single thing she owns, buys a new wardrobe, and flies to London. Then Paris. Then Greece. She's determined to grab life and ride it bareback.
At this point, I'm like "Hell yeah. This chick is great!"
Then she meets some dude and falls in love. She tells him that she kinda woke up one day and realized she wasn't really living and decided to go on an adventure. She'd figure out what she was going to do when it was over later. Live in the moment and all that shit. She told him this. But she did not give the minute details about her being an accountant, being Miss Dependable, selling all her stuff to buy travelers checks, etc.
So while she's falling in love, she is absolutely freaking out that she's deceiving this guy because she hasn't told him she was an accountant and has no belongings. She hasn't lied to him. She hasn't even hinting at an untruth. But for some reason, she is completely racked with guilt over her dishonesty. It's nonstop "Oh god, what am I going to do when he finds out the horrible truth about me?!"
It was so annoying that I wanted to DNF the whole thing. But I knew that her Big Secret was going to be a total non-issue with this guy, I had to read on to find out how he responded when she finally revealed the Awful Truth. I wanted to know if he was going to laugh in her face or shake her. Or if the obscene happened and Nora Roberts had the guy totally flip out as if Rebecca really did lie to him about something important.
I would not recommend this unless you really want to be annoyed with somebody....more
Hannah is a bit fatalistic and optimistically naive at the same time, which was annoying. The baby is technically just a prop to bring her together wiHannah is a bit fatalistic and optimistically naive at the same time, which was annoying. The baby is technically just a prop to bring her together with Jackson. I'm very "meh" about this one.
I'm starting to catch onto the fact that any story titled "The Billionaire's Anything" is going to be super cheesy....more
I found this book in the shopping cart at Walmart today and couldn't help myself. Surprise, surprise - it was actually pretty entertaining. Very floweI found this book in the shopping cart at Walmart today and couldn't help myself. Surprise, surprise - it was actually pretty entertaining. Very flowery when it came to the virginal sexytimes, but not unenjoyable. And yes, it is entirely possible that I enjoyed this book more simply because it wasn't another Nora Roberts oldie....more
OMFG I'm so done. I can't stand to read another one of these Language of Love books. These stories from the 1980s started out fresh and tender, now thOMFG I'm so done. I can't stand to read another one of these Language of Love books. These stories from the 1980s started out fresh and tender, now they're sickly sweet and all the things I hate are the things that are showing up in every. single. story. I give up....more
The more I read of these stories, the less I like the previous books I read. I'm disliking them retroactively. Things are repeating... all the heroesThe more I read of these stories, the less I like the previous books I read. I'm disliking them retroactively. Things are repeating... all the heroes smoke (it's the 80s, so it's cool!), the heros grab the heroines by their hair when they're trying to flounce away after delivering a horrible parting shot, there is always a scene where things get kinda rapey and violent, the heroines keep falling for the jealous woman's lies, the jealous woman never gets called out or anything, the heroine dislikes the hero on principle before they've ever met. That's just the tip of the iceberg, too. I'm so worn out on this formula but I want to finish reading all the books just to get them out of the way....more