Working as a bar maid in Charles Town, SC, Jewel Sanderson patiently waits for the return of her pirate father whom she hasn't seen in five years. AllWorking as a bar maid in Charles Town, SC, Jewel Sanderson patiently waits for the return of her pirate father whom she hasn't seen in five years. All she has of her father (besides his genes) is a coded map to a hidden treasure. Nolan Kenton tries to buy the map from Jewel. She won't give it to him unless he agrees to take her with him for the hunt. Nolan must fight his attraction to Jewel because secretly he's responsible for her father's death. When they discover her father is in fact alive and as cold-blooded as ever, Jewel is torn between the two men who are bound and determined to kill each other.
I was kind of leaning towards giving this just 1.5 stars but I decided to be generous. The sex is pretty hot so that's worth a half star. Nolan isn't much of a pirate. He needs more swash in his buckle. I mean, what 18th century pirate says, 'I've set the parameters of our relationship'? That sentence alone is enough to make Blackbeard roll over in his grave (if he had one). ...more
Melanie Morganfield is absolutely perfect in every way. She's too beautiful to be of this earth and every man she meetsWhat the hell did I just read?
Melanie Morganfield is absolutely perfect in every way. She's too beautiful to be of this earth and every man she meets falls to worshipping the ground she walks upon. So of course I identify with her. The reader gets not one but three heroes in this HR. There's Asa Parker, a family friend old enough to be sixteen year old Melanie's father. Then there's Steve Hull, a bipolar rapist with mommy issues. Lastly is Simon Young, sort of a combination of Asa and Steve. He's still twice Melanie's age and is as controlling as Steve. He's still a cold fish, though. (Poor Josh Whitmore is also hovering around the edges but he never gets any from the captivating Melanie so doesn't get the chance to join the boys club.)
While I can understand a stressed out teenager falling into an affair with an authority figure (Asa), it's Melanie's "love" for her psychotic rapist Steve that totally baffles me. As another reviewer aptly put it, Steve loves Melanie so much he hates her. Or does he hate her so much he loves her? Either way, this guy is certifiable. When he's not raping her he's slapping Melanie around. Yet it takes about the entire book before Melanie finally moves on so she's not much better.
Shoved in between all the raping and worshipping of Melanie is the historic adventures of Ethan Allen and his Green Mountain Boys. Adventures that barely have anything to do with Melanie's story. I saw no reason to include in great details Ethan's escapades other than the author trying to pad out a relatively thin story....more
This is the fourth book in The Hangman's Daughter series and I feel a good place for me and Oliver to part ways. Nothing personal, Oliver. It was goodThis is the fourth book in The Hangman's Daughter series and I feel a good place for me and Oliver to part ways. Nothing personal, Oliver. It was good while it lasted. I just need new things in my life and this series is getting a little thin. Even though a couple of plot moppets have been added, they don't really do anything to liven up the storyline. Simon hasn't really changed any. Magdalena has become a bit of a shrew. ("You need to spend more time with your children!") I saw some of the plot twists coming from a mile away. And am I the only reader who got a bit annoyed by the overuse of "stubborn" being used to describe a character? Multiple times? I get it, Oliver.
Not to be nitpicky, Oliver - okay, yeah, I'm being nitpicky. But you need to remember what you just wrote from one paragraph to the next. There's an old woman in the story that you, the author, have described several times as being blind.
The blind old woman looked back at her with milky, empty eyes.
And like five sentences after this you have Magdalena ask,
This little man... What did he look like?
with the blind woman replying,
He had succumbed to appearances - fancy clothes, useless decorations.
How'd she know this if she was friggin' blind?!?...more
Englishwoman Mariah Rose McGuire is leaving her island home for Texas in order to marry Joseph Jaye. This is more an obligation rather than a love matEnglishwoman Mariah Rose McGuire is leaving her island home for Texas in order to marry Joseph Jaye. This is more an obligation rather than a love match; at least on her end. Along the way she meets and is more attracted to Texan rancher Whitman Reagor. When a brutal murder sets off a range war between farmers and cattlemen, it's Mariah who is the one to step up to the plate and try to bring peace and justice to the Lone Star state.
Whit is just there for sex.
This is a light and breezy read, typical of the '90s. I probably could have read this in one sitting if Real Life would stop interfering in my leisure time. Mariah was a decent heroine who almost made me like her. (Almost.) Whit was simply a boy toy, though. It was Mariah carrying the action load in this one, solving murder mysteries and saving damsels in distress. ...more
Two professional hitmen are pitted against one another. Conspiracies abound. While the story itself is nothing new, the pacing is quick (most of the bTwo professional hitmen are pitted against one another. Conspiracies abound. While the story itself is nothing new, the pacing is quick (most of the book is in dialogue and boy, do these people love to talk) and I was entertained. If you're looking for something for the beach or a long flight, I would recommend this....more
While raiding an English ship, pirate captain Jonathan Griffith sets eyes on Katherine Lindsay and decides right then and there she'sWhat an odd book.
While raiding an English ship, pirate captain Jonathan Griffith sets eyes on Katherine Lindsay and decides right then and there she's the woman he wants to marry and have a family with. He woos her by murdering her husband right in front of her eyes, torturing her, and holding her prisoner for several months in hopes of Stockholming Katherine into wanting to be with him. Katherine doesn't go down without a fight, though, and that's why I really liked her character. Annoyingly the author drags me away from Katherine and insists I get to know the backstories of the other pirates.
There's naïve Nathan Adams who falls in love with the first piece of tail he ever has. Psycho Edward Livingston who channels his repressed homosexual tendencies into violence against women. Ship's surgeon Douglas Thatcher who hates his life as a pirate but sees no way out. Also, everyone thinks he smells bad.
As for the pirate adventure, there's only one Bernard Cornwellian battle scene in the whole book, although there is buried treasure. Katherine gets her revenge and I was really hoping she would turn pirate captain herself. She's awesome. I would probably have given this story three stars if there has been more Katherine and less everyone else....more
When her father (and sole bread winner) suddenly dies, Kate Hinshaw takes responsibility for keeping the family fiscally afloat. She turns to the profWhen her father (and sole bread winner) suddenly dies, Kate Hinshaw takes responsibility for keeping the family fiscally afloat. She turns to the profitable yet risky business of smuggling booze in from Canada. Kate hires WWI vet Joe Santayna to aid in the endeavor. Sister Aggie tries to help out only to end up becoming involved with the dangerous part of the underworld that could spell trouble for everyone in the family. Including the dog. I'm still upset about that part.
To be honest I got this as a freebie from Amazon so my expectations weren't very high. As someone else once said, sometimes those free ebooks are worth what you paid for them. So imagine my delightful surprise to discover this gem of a story. I liked all the characters who were all multi-dimensional. Well, except for the villain. We never do find out what motivated that person's wicked ways. But everyone else was growing and changing, discovering a hidden strength they didn't realize was in them. I also appreciated how carefully crafted the romance was between Kate and Joe. They depended on each other, supported each other, and enjoyed talking! How often do you find that in today's literature?
Country miss Leona Leonard finds herself in a heap of Other People's Problems after she rescues a child from kidnappers. While there was a dollop of aCountry miss Leona Leonard finds herself in a heap of Other People's Problems after she rescues a child from kidnappers. While there was a dollop of action, especially there towards the end, on the whole I found the book kind of dry....more
The gist of the story is that Roger FitzGilbert and Eleanor of Nantes have grown up most of their lives believing they are half brother and sister. RoThe gist of the story is that Roger FitzGilbert and Eleanor of Nantes have grown up most of their lives believing they are half brother and sister. Roger finds out he's not really related to Eleanor but for no good reason decides not to tell her this little fact for several years. When Eleanor's father promises her in marriage to Robert of Belesme, the book's villain, Roger takes his former sister and escapes to England.
My main eye rolling problem with this short-yet-feels-like-1000-pages book is how devastatingly beautiful Eleanor is. Really, that's all anyone can say about her. Not that she's smart or talented or funny or deep - just that she's so freakin' beautiful. Just about every man she meets has to think or comment on how beautiful she is and/or how they want to screw her. It got to where I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of good ol' gay William Rufus to show up so there would be at least one man impervious to Eleanor's succubus-like powers. Unfortunately he's a very minor character and doesn't stay around long. All this "You're so beautiful" talk kind of reduced Eleanor from being a flesh and blood human being and simply something to lust after and fight over.
My other pet peeve is this whole "We're not related so now we can have sex" trope. Look, I've got a brother myself. If someone were to come to me today with hard proof that we were not in any way genetically related to each other, I'm not going to immediately view him as marriageable material; I'm still going to think of him as my brother. When Roger finally breaks down and tells Eleanor he's not her sibling, it doesn't take very long for Eleanor to re-wire her brain and go from loving Roger as a brother to wishing she could have his baby. I would rather she would have had more of a struggle to see Roger in a new way instead of just flipping a switch....more
Fascinating, intriguing, absorbing real life who-dunnit. French recreates the turmoil of a China in flux and the world of a crumbling city's refugees,Fascinating, intriguing, absorbing real life who-dunnit. French recreates the turmoil of a China in flux and the world of a crumbling city's refugees, lost souls, and ex-patriots. People you were rooting for suddenly become suspicious, while others you were wary of turn out to be the only heroes around. This has to be made into a movie. It simply has to be....more
I had every intention of being nice and giving this book three stars. But when it came down to the moment of truth I just couldn't do it. While the stI had every intention of being nice and giving this book three stars. But when it came down to the moment of truth I just couldn't do it. While the story just chugs right along, the characters were all paper thin and it wasn't hard to deduce who the secret villain was. It took Ci forever to catch up to what the rest of us already knew. And call me cold-blooded but when (view spoiler)[ Ci's sister died, I felt relief. She was nothing but a load. (hide spoiler)]...more
An amiable, light HF. More suitable for a YA audience. Perry James needs to get out of town fast so signs on with the legendary Francis Drake. Too badAn amiable, light HF. More suitable for a YA audience. Perry James needs to get out of town fast so signs on with the legendary Francis Drake. Too bad it takes nearly 1/3 of the book before Drake actually leaves English waters, but anyway... As an assistant cook onboard Perry must prove his worth, learn the naval way of life, and survive several minor adventures (including abduction, hanging, and a cook-off) before the cliff-hanger ending that author David Wesley Hill hopes will compel you to read the next book in the series. While the time frame of the story is the late 1500's, I never felt that any of these characters thought, acted or talked like someone from the Elizabethan era. YA readers probably won't notice this....more
Lady Alexandria and her young niece Diana are visiting Paris when Napoleon (who is just a Consul at this point in time) declares war on Britain and orLady Alexandria and her young niece Diana are visiting Paris when Napoleon (who is just a Consul at this point in time) declares war on Britain and orders every English person in France to be arrested. The girls are high-tailing it for the coast when they are suddenly joined by Paxten Marsett, Alexandria's old lover, who is also being chased by soldiers but for different reasons.
I liked it. I liked the characters. Unlike other HR's, Alexandria is a mature woman with a grown son. She has a good head on her shoulders. I even like Diana, the young niece. While a bit flitty (she's only 17 after all), she has gumption and even takes on the enemy armed only with a poker. Oh yeah, and then there's Paxten. Yeah, he's there.
If I had any complaint it would be with the climax and the unbelievably convenient appearance of some characters. That was kind of pushing things....more