As much as I disliked some of the female main character's choices, I really did enjoy this. I wish we got an epilogue of justice... where we find out...moreAs much as I disliked some of the female main character's choices, I really did enjoy this. I wish we got an epilogue of justice... where we find out what happened to the bad guy and hopefully how his life was ruined, and a big dose of wake-the-fuck-up for Christina's parents. I mean, they almost got her killed... somebody should at least say something about it.
Anyway, still a pretty good story, even though Chris has some stupid, cowardly moments.(less)
1.5 stars I haaate females like this! They'll fuck a guy they met yesterday, but think poorly of him the whole time.
"I can't believe a word he says, h...more1.5 stars I haaate females like this! They'll fuck a guy they met yesterday, but think poorly of him the whole time.
"I can't believe a word he says, he'll probably say anything to get laid" comes up in the same paragraph as "I'm not good enough for him, he probably thinks I'm no different than any other warm hole he's gotten inside of." What the hell? That's not normal thinking.
This character, Toni, is abrasive, cowardly, immature, contrary, and churlish. It is not a good combination. And she thinks very little of herself. I mean, why does anyone want to read the POV of a person that thinks they are so worthless? I would have DNF'd this in the first chapter, but the missing teen story line was sounding pretty good. Unfortunately, Toni's horrible attitude and disposition resulted in my inability to stand her long enough to finish reading the book. I skimmed the hell out of the last 2/3rds of it because I wanted to know how it ended, but I hated Toni. She did not improve, not even even in the end. She had sweet moments - usually when Ethan had fucked her into being partially unconscious - but she was a wimp and lashed out at people. She wasn't even a nice person, but apparently she had super hot legs and is therefore somehow deserving of a HEA.
My only complaint about Ethan, aside from the fact that I swear to god I've seen numerous heroes named "Ethan Taggart" before... is that he doesn't take the missing teen situation seriously. "Oh, she's just off with friends or something, she'll be back soon, you'll see." How many times has that phrase been uttered before finding a dead body? The police are already skeptical, so how's about you be the one to take this shit seriously? Even when things start to develop and you see the teen has gotten involved in some not-so-great stuff, he still brushes off her disappearance. That annoyed the shit outta me. Then during my skim to the ending, he did the same thing when Toni was in danger. "She probably just left me, the bad guy is on the run - no worries." For somebody that spent so long in the military, he is not very good at detecting a threat.
Speaking of threats... this one is a doozy, which is why I couldn't give up on the book even though I wanted to ring Toni's neck and shake some sense into Ethan. Blackmail, biological weapons, kidnapping, pornography, drugs, sexual slavery, murder... this book seemed to have it all. The villain was really fucking scary and the threat to Kara was insane. I don't think a real teenage girl would come out of that so... smoothly. Sorry, you don't get kidnapped and almost sold into sexual slavery and then go purse shopping right after your rescue. (view spoiler)[ She didn't actually do that, I'm using hyperbole to highlight the cavalier attitude she had. Class dismissed. (hide spoiler)]
So yeah. Not digging this at all. This might have earned one more star had there not been two endings. Like, the story was pretty much over and it was fine. But then Toni chickens out of the relationship and runs away, getting into trouble and needing to be saved by Ethan. Great. Thanks. Give me another dose of Toni's stupidity and cowardice, because I hadn't gotten enough of that in the previous 300 pages.
I guess, basically... any scene without Toni was a decent read. Some of the sex was insanely hot, Ethan has a... way with words. So any scene without Toni and the sex scenes. I mean, skip any time Toni talks... or thinks. That's it, don't read any of Toni's dialogue or POV unless it's during sex. Basically... don't bother reading this book.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Anyone familiar with my reviews knows that I am really harsh on female main characters. I have high and specific standards. The...moreWhat the fuck was that?
Anyone familiar with my reviews knows that I am really harsh on female main characters. I have high and specific standards. They may disappear sometimes and I'll somehow enjoy a TSTL heroine, but usually I'm incredibly harsh. Knowing that about me, knowing that I will quickly DNF a book because the female MC is annoying, TSTL, horrible, bitchy, whatever... please understand how serious I am when I say this girl, Bronte, is one of the worst characters I've ever read.
She was so bad that I couldn't stop reading. I just had to see what horrible decision she'd make next. Every single time she had to make a decision, she chose the wrong one. But not just wrong, really wrong. Let's review:
- She falls head over heels for Mr. Texas and has a long distance relationship with him. She decides "Hey, I'm gonna move in with this guy." He didn't ask her to move to Chicago, she just decided that he must want her to because he said those magical words: "I love you"... He's not even enthusiastic about it and she can tell. But whatever, he said "I love you" that one time, so off to Chicago she goes. Whoops! Guess uprooting her entire life because somebody said three words wasn't the smartest idea! Oh well, time to swear off relationships forever because all men should be painted with the same brush and if one fucked you over, they all will. Amiright?
- Demanding a no-strings-attached relationship when she's a hopeless romantic at heart. She reads a ton of romance novels. She has to have seen this plot before and knows how it ends. She believes in love, not fuck buddies. So why the hell would she propose this?
- 100% brutal honesty. She says she's gonna stick to it and demands it of Max as well. But she's not honest, not even with herself. She'll recognize her dishonesty to herself and then actively brush it away and not think about it... because that's how you deal with things. Duh.
- Time for the no-strings relationship to be over and she tries to start a fight. They've fallen in love with each other, but she's been burned once before and she just knows Max doesn't want a real relationship with her. She doesn't need to ask, she knows. So she wants to fight and drive Max away instead of attempt a relationship. Sure, that's totally mature of you.
- Max begs her to come with him. He professes his feelings, his love. He says he needs her with him and he'll do anything for her. Total gooey moment where you can't help but adore him. And Bronte ruins it. She refuses to go. She hurts him. She lies to him and herself. She's a coward and idiot. It is, without a doubt, 100% her fault that Max leaves without her. Does that stop her from blaming him? Hell no! He is the one that left (due to a family emergency), so that means he left her. He abandoned her. She's the victim here, can't you see?!
- Now she has to explain to a friend why she's so miserable when she supposedly doesn't have any real feelings for Max and why she's not chasing after him or trying to fix things. Bring out the lie detector, because she flat out lies about why they're not together anymore. But... but he lied to her by not telling her he was a duke! Even though she didn't find out about that until after he left. So that is a bold-faced lie - he left because somebody was dying and he left without her because she pussied out and refused to go, preferring to cling to her denial, lies, and self-loathing.
- About that self-loathing... this girl fucking hates herself. She only finds value in herself when she's gotten her hair professionally styled and is kitted out in Valentino. Then she's at least attractive, but otherwise has no other redeeming qualities, isn't worthy of love, doesn't deserve to be in a relationship, can't measure up to whoever. She has a shit load of daddy-issues and no self-confidence... how she doesn't end up with a wife-beater is completely beyond me.
- She has fantasies of being whisked away by Prince Charming, but when the time actually comes, she fights it with everything she's got. She freaks out about even knowing a duke - this girl cannot handle being married to one. "But... but you're royalty!"; "Oh god, what will everything think of the low brow American?"; "Oh god, we haven't talked about kids!"; "Oh god, people will take pictures of me!" She worries about every little thing, none of which are actually happening in the present... no, she panics about every possibility that could maybe happen in the future. Dear god, does this girl have confidence in anything other than giving PowerPoint presentations?!
- Her mother asks her read her dead estranged father's novel, but Bronte has a knee-jerk reaction to anything having to do with her father. Fight, deny, disagree, argue, refuse... no, no. He was an asshole over a decade ago, so she has to be a huge bitch and get into arguments with her mom every. single. time. he's mentioned. It's childish and churlish.
- Max has Bronte pick out an engagement ring and she apparently loves it. But when they go to dinner that night to meet Max's family, she doesn't want to wear it. Heaven forbid she wear her engagement ring to the dinner where they're going to announce their engagement to his family. Are you fucking kidding me? Not only does she not want to wear it, but she starts a huge fucking fight over it. She says wearing the ring is like shoving her and her low brow American-ness in everyone's faces. WHAT? This girl is mentally unstable. She behaves like a manic depressive that refuses to take their medication.
- When they're getting off the phone with each other because Max has to finish an extremely important meeting, she drops the "Oops, I forgot to take my birth control pill" line on him. Worst. timing. ever. You moron. Like "Hey, I might be carrying a royal heir in my belly, but I'll talk to you later, babe! Good luck focusing on your contract meeting!"
- She finds out she is pregnant and refuses to call Max to tell him. She uses the horribly lame excuse that it's late in London and he wouldn't want to be woken up to find out he's gonna be a father, right? Surprisingly enough, Max couldn't wait to see her, so he just so happened to have flown across the ocean to find a positive pregnancy test sitting on the bathroom counter and Bronte taking a nap. He wants to know why she didn't tell him immediately. Guess what she does! No, you'll never guess, because it's that fucking horrible... she kicks him out. She needs space. This is all moving too fast. Oh noes! So Max leaves because she kicks him out. And then she gets all pissed because "he left her... again". This bitch has selective memory - every time Max leaves it's because she makes him leave and he makes him leave without her.
Good. You know what? You deserve to be alone, you horrible horrible human being. Dear GOD, she was so fucking bad, man! And I just had to keep reading because I really needed to know how she was going to screw everything up before getting her (entirely undeserved) HEA. Not that there is much of a HEA anyway - you never find out if the rest of Max's family warms up to Bronte, or how she deals with being a duchess. She and Max simply run into each other's arms, beg forgiveness, and fuck. The end.
Max was a decent guy - I understood his not wanting to broadcast his royal title, especially after finding out Bronte's royal obsession. I just can't believe he kept coming back to her. She deserved a mental hospital, not the dreamy Duke of Northrop.
And it's not like the rest of the book was anything special. There's so much unnecessary backstory and information on past royalty, it's tedious. Trudge through it if you must, but I can honestly say that this is one of those books that I would slap out of your hand if I caught you reading it.(less)
I was really digging this until Rosie went kinda nuts and ran from the room like a bodice-clutching scandalized virgin that just saw her first penis....moreI was really digging this until Rosie went kinda nuts and ran from the room like a bodice-clutching scandalized virgin that just saw her first penis. And then she has a happy little moment, so she does a karate move in celebration. That little move right there, in that scene, was so inappropriate and wtf, it would have made me DNF the whole thing if it hadn't been on the last page. As it is, the cheese-factor of it made me finish the book on a sour note. I wasn't very fond of Rosie to begin with, but the end made me actively dislike her.
Hunter's reason for leaving her was 100% sound. He should have talked to her before leaving, but leaving was definitely the right thing to do. He was very alpha and quiet, most of the book being spent on Rosie's meltdown, but he was actually a damn good guy to Rosie when they were younger. I liked him a lot. Which is probably why this is a two star instead of a one star read.
There's really no conflict here outside of Rosie's internal conflict, so it could have used a bit of external drama. Just a teensy bit, because it's a short story. Less time for us to get lost in Rosie's head.(less)
A good bit of time is spent on setting up the relationship featured in the next book, but aside from that I liked this one. I felt like the military s...moreA good bit of time is spent on setting up the relationship featured in the next book, but aside from that I liked this one. I felt like the military slant wasn't really necessary except to be a contractual obligation that needed to be worked around or dealt with. From the blurbs, it sounds like this is the best of the series.(less)
Didn't even make it to 25%. Wasn't really impressed with the heroine, but she really wasn't bad. The hero seemed interesting, but then his ulterior mo...moreDidn't even make it to 25%. Wasn't really impressed with the heroine, but she really wasn't bad. The hero seemed interesting, but then his ulterior motives were revealed and I was just like "Uh, no." That wasn't even hinted at in the blurbs I read and it wasn't something I wanted. That whole "relationship starting as betrayal" shit doesn't flip my switch.
So I came back to Goodreads to check out some reviews... Oh. This is not what I thought it would be at all. I thought it was a fluffy small-coastal-town romance with a little witchery thrown in. That is not what this is. I dunno what it is, but whatever it is is not something I want to read. Is is is. Is.(less)
2.5 stars This was almost a skim read for me. I skimmed a lot of location descriptions and mental meanderings, focusing mainly on areas that had actio...more2.5 stars This was almost a skim read for me. I skimmed a lot of location descriptions and mental meanderings, focusing mainly on areas that had action or dialogue. I enjoyed most of it, until Lexie does the stupidest thing ever. It was so cheap and cowardly, I immediately disliked her. And this was like, build up to the climax, we're getting to the end here folks... that is not the time to turn your reader against your main character. I literally finished the book five minutes ago and I can't think of anything else to say about it really. I think I mainly finished to find out what the god damn secret ingredient for the coconut cake was. And no, you never find out.(less)
"Wow, Starla is a bitch." "Wow, Toni is a bitch." "Wow, Simon is a dick." "Wow, Matt is a dick."
A.J. wasn't ba...moreMy thought process while reading this book:
"Wow, Starla is a bitch." "Wow, Toni is a bitch." "Wow, Simon is a dick." "Wow, Matt is a dick."
A.J. wasn't bad... if this was a series where each guy gets his girl, I'd definitely be interested in A.J.'s story. As it is, this was just okay. I really don't like hidden pregnancies, but I've been on a pregnancy-story kick lately and this seems to be a very common theme.(less)
I've seen this book referenced so much, I decided I just needed to bite the bullet and figure out what the fuss is about. It's was pretty goo...more2.5 stars
I've seen this book referenced so much, I decided I just needed to bite the bullet and figure out what the fuss is about. It's was pretty good, I guess? It was just so unbelievable. And while I could forgive most of it as just being a Silhouette Desire book, there was one thing that I couldn't stand.
Marley just... is. There is no mention or appearance of family, dead parents, siblings, cousins, foster care, what have you. There's no mention or appearance of a single friend - there's no sassy best friend or mentor in this woman's life. There's no mention of previous employment, schooling, a tattoo from a drunken night in college, a trust fund, past heartbreaks... she literally has no past. There is mention of two things: she gave up her apartment to move in with Chrysander, and she only worked for him for a few months. So, she obviously had some form of income before Chrysander if she was able to afford an apartment. But it's almost like Marley just appeared, fully formed, out of the air one day. And you can say that it's due to her amnesia, but there's no self-discovery on her way towards remembering - she just existed. So it was nearly impossible for me to connect with her. She just was.
So yeah. It was a decent story, I kinda liked it. Kinda cuckoo, but whatever. (less)
There are four people that shelved this as menage and three that shelved it as BDSM. There is neither in this story. Ellie is the most cowardly person...moreThere are four people that shelved this as menage and three that shelved it as BDSM. There is neither in this story. Ellie is the most cowardly person ever, but her groveling at the end bumped this up another star.(less)
This is another one of the books I buy at the Flea Market for 5 cents apiece and then return the next week to buy another dozen. I know Maya Banks usu...moreThis is another one of the books I buy at the Flea Market for 5 cents apiece and then return the next week to buy another dozen. I know Maya Banks usually writes a decent story, so I snagged it even though the blurb sounds kinda ridiculous.
But it was surprisingly good! Bryony was a delightful character, though she had a moment to be a total badass and didn't take it. Rafael was interesting, though really... total bastard. He turns it around in the end, thankfully. I thought the premise was silly at first, but Maya Banks made it work.
I'm not sure who I would recommend it to, as this isn't the type of thing I see showing up on my friends' to-read shelves. Maybe if you like amnesia/redemption stories? I dunno.
I've looked at the other three stories in this series - each business partner of Rafael's finds their twue wuv - but they sound kinda horrible. I mean, this story sounded pretty bad, but the rest sound worse. The reviews don't make them sound any better and let's be honest, Rafael was easier to like because of his amnesia... the other guys have been right bastards from the start and have made no bones about it. Harder to get past that and enjoy them. So I won't be reading the rest of the series.(less)
Catch a Cowboy by Sharon Sala 3 stars May also be known as Miracle Bride - I liked this one. A few loose threads, but still pretty good for a short st...moreCatch a Cowboy by Sharon Sala 3 stars May also be known as Miracle Bride - I liked this one. A few loose threads, but still pretty good for a short story.
Collide with a Single Daddy by Marie Farrarella 1.5 stars Also called Single Daddies Club - Horrible. Just... bad.
Geting Personal by Beverly Barton 1 star Might be called Get Personal - Bah. Dishonest female MC and a stubbornly class-obsessed male MC. Strongly disliked it. (less)
I am rating this for The Promise by Sharon Sala only, though I'll get to the other stories shortly.
The Promise was kind of adorable. I would have give...moreI am rating this for The Promise by Sharon Sala only, though I'll get to the other stories shortly.
The Promise was kind of adorable. I would have given this story one more star had Libby not hidden her pregnancy from Sam - I despise that shit right there. Sammy was an adorable little kid and I loved their idea of using YouTube to track down Sam. I felt Libby made Sam grovel a bit too much and said groveling was insanely cheesy. At about 65 pages, depending on your e-book font size, it was a nice little afternoon fluff read.(less)