And I thought book one was long... Let me just say that I do love this story. I love the characters.
Now, let me also say that I didn't love this book....moreAnd I thought book one was long... Let me just say that I do love this story. I love the characters.
Now, let me also say that I didn't love this book. All of the Paris stuff? Meh, whatever, I didn't care for it. it was way too long!! And, JFC, can Jamie not catch one effing break? Can we go a bit without him getting beat or even more bad shit pounded on him. In a time where people die from any little thing, this man (and JR, too) seemed to be able to live through anything. It got to the point where I was just like, come on already. Everyone just die. Hey, Claire, maybe you should have picked Frank in book one because you have really fucked up Jamie's life!! Ha.Sorry, I don't mean that, but it felt good to say it.
Even through that, I did still enjoy the beginning and the end, and of course, I'll be starting book 3.
I honestly don't know how there's another 5+ books. I mean, the hell?(less)
Before starting the book, I went to YouTube and I watched the trailer 5027 5 times. I also watched the...moreJesus H. Roosevelt Christ but this book is long.
Before starting the book, I went to YouTube and I watched the trailer 5027 5 times. I also watched the hour and a half fan gathering where we get to meet Sam and Cat (the two actors who will play Jamie and Claire). Also, they had set pictures and stuff, so I went in prepared. I had visuals to assist in my adventure.
I think it helped. I definitely liked the book, and I'm probably giving it a bit of a higher rating than I should because some of my TV show future fangirling is colliding with my novel fangirling. Either way... it's going on my favorites shelf.
At first, I liked how descriptive everything was and I appreciated the way the story was told. I was worried about a first person narrative, but it really works here.
I do know that I could have done without a lot of the scenes. I was like. Jayzus, is this ever going to be over? Will she ever let someone in on her secret?(About 1/2 way through I needed to beg for a spoiler to keep me going. Psst. Thanks SilverThistle.)
I definitely did not like the end of the book. I get it. He was messed up in the head after what happened to him and so it would not have been right if Sam and Claire fell back immediately in to a cuddly closeness. I see that. I know it's right. I know it makes sense. But this is fiction and I wanted to grab that Highlander by the hair and point out a few things!
And what is up with ending it right there? UGH. So you really do have to read book two. Luckily, I have all of the books - but gah!!! Didn't I read enough pages yet? I HAZ A NEED FOR ANSWERS!!!! [spoiler] Ok, I just want to see Jamie bent over a wee one having a disgustingly cute baby talk conversation daddy to daughter. I need to know how they survive Culloden. Is Frank still alive if Black Jack died early? Will Gielis show up again? Will we ever make it back to Lallybroch... ah crap, I forgot how to spell it. Am I the only one who thought that Dougal was hot? Why is Murtagh (also can't remember how to spell it) so quiet around Claire? Is it just because she's a Sassenach or does he know more? Feel free to give me spoilers. [/spoiler] I'm going to start book 2 today if work is not too busy!(less)
Not exactly what I was expecting This book was a little different than the normal ol' historical romance. I say that because of the bedroom scenes. I...moreNot exactly what I was expecting This book was a little different than the normal ol' historical romance. I say that because of the bedroom scenes. I actually like that nothing worked for her -exactly. That she didn't turn in to a simpering love sick sex addict after being penetrated. ya know? It had a realistic side to it in that aspect. They weren't even truly happy together until the end of the book. Meh, I don't know. I guess it was just refreshing not to have the, "Best sex ever totally for sure I'm a sex goddess now and will rule the bed forever" thing happen.(less)
So disappointing. EPIC FAIL When this book came up in my blind kindle challenge, I was a little excited because I remember it was a pretty big series of like ten books and I was in the mood for it, ya know? Ready to take it on. Kick some ass and take some names. What?
SADLY - I ended up getting one of the most unlikeable female characters I've read in a long time. This woman has traveled extensively. She is presented as a beautiful woman with a solid education... and well, she's talked up. A lot. Then we meet her and she is a bumbling idiot. A 28 year old virgin (well, except for that one time and ew!) who is a klutzy, push-over, cry baby, air-brained, walking disaster.
The male lead is an unemotional, socially dysfunctional, computer genius with a history in breaking the law etc etc. That would be fine, but then he turns quasi rapist, stalker because in my head Raine was telling him stop and no - but in his head (and hers, too when he pointed it out to her) she really meant, yes. I'm just playing hard to get and naive. No... idiot. She is that stupid.
Yes. Yes, I could.
Then she cries some more and giggles and is pretty much a hot mess of fucked-up-ness. Because crying should always be preceded as well as followed up by episodes of creepy giggling. Not to mention she goes to "the island" and thinks she has to work (she's a secretary an administrative assistant) but oh, look... they're pushing me in to the shower to give me a make-over and there's all of this lingerie to change into. I wonder what that has to do with my job? Oh, it's probably just my psycho uncle trying to pimp me out... AGAIN!
And, yes, I promised my big bad boyfriend - who I just met yesterday, but have already given a key to my apartment and fell madly in love with - that I would tell him if I left the office, but that probably didn't mean going all over the city in a cab five minutes after he dropped me off at work. Wait, whaaaaaat?
It just went on from there. That was just the first 1/2 of the book. NOT EVEN KIDDING. I'm pissed off because I want to know about some of the other characters' stories in their books of the series, but these two just killed it. I won't be reading any of the others.
So, one little star is all I have to give this for this book.
I was hesitant to start this book. I was nervous. What if I didn't like it? What if something happened in the book that would change the way I idol-li...moreI was hesitant to start this book. I was nervous. What if I didn't like it? What if something happened in the book that would change the way I idol-like worshiped Steve Black from my formative years of 5-17? What if he said something about his mom that made me mad? I love his mom. LOL. Enough about me. I put all my fears aside and jumped in. And stayed up all night reading this great book!
I giggled at the parts that I knew about. I smiled remembering things like the list he made when he was 16. Memories I personally had of his first car and when he left to go backpacking through Europe. Then I found myself side-tracked in my own memories of sitting on his bedroom floor and just staring at all of his rock posters. To the little runt-kid-cousin that was spending the summer with her Aunt Pat and family, this room was the best place on the planet; along with the neighbor's garage, where I was sure the greatest events in life happened.
After that time, I lost touch with my family. Moved across country so I had no idea of all the great and also heartbreaking events that Steve would take on in his life. I cried reading this book and at 3 a.m. with snot and tissue stuck to my face - it wasn't pretty. Sad tears. Happy tears. This book took me on a roller coaster and I loved it all. I woke up this morning feeling inspired and hopeful. (less)
one star, two stars, one star, two stars I'm torn. There are small parts of this book I really liked - it was only like 5% of the book. The other 95%...moreone star, two stars, one star, two stars I'm torn. There are small parts of this book I really liked - it was only like 5% of the book. The other 95% was instantaneous orgasms. Not even kidding. In the course of 24 hours the only thing she stopped "O'ing" for was to change locations - but the car ride was full of more "O'ing" so that probably shouldn't count either. Oh, and she was a screamer. I hate when they scream. I mean realistically - 90% of the people who read this book are women over a certain age who have probably had sex - a bit. And gotta say, I don't believe anyone is screaming or nearly going comatose from the Os. Ya know? Too much just makes your story ridiculous. And all the good parts get washed away.
Parts of their back and forth, wishy washy conversations actually made my head spin. Like, I got dizzy and a bit nauseated from the walls literally spinning around me.
PS. That was not an exaggeration. They meet - they start having sex - she becomes an O machine, he goes slightly psycho and then they split up and you have to read book 2.
Wanna know the bad part? I am actually going to read book 2.(less)
And for the coveted, or not so coveted, worst book of the year award? We have a contender. From the very first paragraph - The characters come off as...more And for the coveted, or not so coveted, worst book of the year award? We have a contender. From the very first paragraph - The characters come off as a group of badly cast CW pilot, should have been cancelled after first season, I have no faith left in the next generation, who in the hell is currently running the world, no wonder I never leave my house anymore, bad actors.
it was just a bad story. So bad. And evidently, there are sequels. (less)
I just didn't care for the first person voice of either character. They came off as too immature. I can't explain it, but they weren't believably cast...moreI just didn't care for the first person voice of either character. They came off as too immature. I can't explain it, but they weren't believably cast in my head. DNF(less)
This book will restore my faith in the YA genre - This book is #2 in my book challenge. (Randomly picking books from my kindle to read without first r...moreThis book will restore my faith in the YA genre - This book is #2 in my book challenge. (Randomly picking books from my kindle to read without first reading the posted reviews or the summary). I really liked it. I was hesitant at first because YA and I were on a break, but it was really good.
I cried a few times. I had back flashes to my own teen years more than a few times. I was a little disappointed with the character, Char, but after sighing and pulling up my big girl panties, I realized that was the way his character had to be. It would not have worked if it went any other way. Elise was written remarkably well because for a character that I had so little in common with, I felt like we shared a lot anyway.
So, I just went back to GR to see how everyone else rated this book. And it has almost all 4 and 5 star ratings. That would have scared me if I looked there before reading it. I may have went in to it thinking I would hate it based solely on that.
In the Going in Blind Challenge, I'm two for two. Liking this idea more and more. (less)
I think I'm weird. Per my last post, I started this book completely blind. No previously read reviews and I didn't refresh my memory on the summary. I...moreI think I'm weird. Per my last post, I started this book completely blind. No previously read reviews and I didn't refresh my memory on the summary. I mean, I had an idea by the title but it was so very different, and better, than I expected!
I should preface by saying that I have a weird fascination with courtesans in general. Dangerous Beauty is an excellent movie and you all should rent it. I grew up in Las Vegas and a few other cities and for a while when I was little we lived in a "motel" that had a lot of residents who were street girls. Not necessarily as classy as the whole courtesan idea but still - I think I had a very weird education by age of 5. FYI - fishnet stockings should not be worn with jean shorts. Even hookers know this! Just sayin'. Anyway - this book... it is told from the point of view of a dwarf. The courtesan's companion and business partner. It had a lot of history in it and the author did a ton of research! It was very well done. Nothing grammar wise to complain about (it's not new adult nouveau fiction, it's actual historical fiction.) It's not a romance novel. It doesn't have any sex scenes. It's just the life and times of a courtesan and her dwarf.
And I liked it.
Of course I did. Work has been slammed this week so it took longer to read than normal. If I didn't like it, work would be slow and I'd have nothing else to do but try and read it. HA HA.
ANYWAY.. that is book one of my "blind challenge" - nine more to go. Will spin the scroll after work today and start the next book without reading reviews or the summary.(less)
So this one kind of took a few weird turns. Things that should not have worked sorta did and things that were supposed to make sense were a little bi...more So this one kind of took a few weird turns. Things that should not have worked sorta did and things that were supposed to make sense were a little bit lame. I do love that book 4 is the Chase character and all throughout books 1-3, I was clueless. I didn't get it. But when I did. When I figured it out. I had to go back to books 1 and 2 and look up some parts because... well, I did not see that coming. (less)
A definite improvement over the last book. 3.5 stars. I really liked Pippa. The banter between her and Cross was so good sometimes. I am a bit tired...more A definite improvement over the last book. 3.5 stars. I really liked Pippa. The banter between her and Cross was so good sometimes. I am a bit tired of the whole "I'm not good enough for you" & "I don't deserve you" crap though. But it is historical rom and we are talking about men who are supposedly in need of rescuing. A good woman can change a bad boy and all that. I know. Don't roll your eyes. It's my own fault I like this sh... stuff. (less)
It's a little bit funny Not the book, but the way my brain works. See, I go in prepared. I read all of my friends' reviews on the book. Then I read th...moreIt's a little bit funny Not the book, but the way my brain works. See, I go in prepared. I read all of my friends' reviews on the book. Then I read the public reviews, but I skip all of the 5's because people who are not my friends usually don't know what a real 5 star rating on GR means. (Yeah, I said it. Usually. Not always) I skim the 1 stars, I focus on the 2s. The twos seem honest. So, I read them and I go in prepared.
Then I find that what I thought I would not like, didn't affect me the same way it did a lot of other people.
I did not agree with the way our "hero" treated Pen. I thought Penelope was a little bit of a rug in spots and totally should have just punched him. Once. One good black eye... but otherwise, I enjoyed the book.(less)