**spoiler alert** Just a comment - I was surprised that after the marital rape scene (when Roarke was under the influence of the villian’s mind-alteri...more**spoiler alert** Just a comment - I was surprised that after the marital rape scene (when Roarke was under the influence of the villian’s mind-altering technology)….Roarke admits to Eve that although he’s a changed man now, he’s been that dark man before. I’m wondering just how dark things will get as more of Roarke’s shady past is revealed. I still love him and find him very intriguing. Just as Eve, I know and I accept him :) ….So I’m clear, I did not take that conversation with Eve to mean that Roarke has actually raped women in the past. So far, Naked in Death and Immortal in Death (Books 1 & 2) are still my favorities, but I very much love this series. (less)
If you’re interested in a sexy, dark thriller with passion, tension, and an awesome strong female heroine, you will love this book! The author gets ri...moreIf you’re interested in a sexy, dark thriller with passion, tension, and an awesome strong female heroine, you will love this book! The author gets right to business with NY homicide detective Lieutenant Eve Dallas arriving at the grizzly crime scene of a murdered “licensed companion” or “LC”. The year is 2058, and prostitution is now regulated, but legal. Not only was this LC the granddaughter of a U.S. Senator, she was also brutally killed with an antique weapon. The killer has promised 5 more additional killings, and Eve is under personal and political pressure to wrap this up quickly. Eve is a by-the-books officer with a strong moral compass, and she’s extremely passionate and capable in her duties to protect the community. The killer immediately takes an interest in Eve and brings up ill feelings about her dark past she would soon like to forget.
One prime suspect is sexy and mysterious Irish tycoon Roarke (just Roarke). Although he can certainly have almost any woman he wants, it’s substance he craves. Roarke finds Lt. Eve Dallas intriguing and very arousing, and soon, Roarke is using her investigation to wiggle his way into private time with Eve. I absolutely loved the dialogue and chemistry, and I pretty much lit up whenever Roarke and Eve were together. Eve is tough and independent but she’s damaged under it all, and Roarke wants to be the man to break down her walls. Will she let him? And what would happen if the lead detective in a high profile serial killer investigation becomes sexually involved with a prime suspect? And would it be just sex?
OMG, this book was satisfying, from start to finish. The futuristic aspects weren’t at all overwhelming…Just little things here and there, like “automated” machines that make your breakfast, futuristic cars, that sort of thing. The core of this book is murder/sex, mystery, and passion—all of which are very relevant today. I highly recommend this first book in J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series. Enjoy~
***NOTE: I wouldn't advise reading the book blurb for the sequel, Where She Went, until you’ve read If I Stay ***
Thank GOD I didn’t read this...more***NOTE: I wouldn't advise reading the book blurb for the sequel, Where She Went, until you’ve read If I Stay ***
Thank GOD I didn’t read this back in 2009 when it was first released – the sort of “cliffhangery” ending would have killed me…and I would have waited 2 years - until 2011 - for the sequel’s release?!? And did the people that read this in 2009 even know that a sequel, Where She Went, was forthcoming? That must have been rough!
Having said that, I loved this beautiful, emotional story about Mia, the barely hanging on survivor of a deadly car wreck that has just wreaked havoc on her family. The wreck happens fairly quickly in the beginning of the story. Mia enters a coma-like state, but she’s also in an “outside of the body” sort of existence where she is able to see and hear everything around her and even roam around the hospital. The story switches back and forth between the present and the past, filled with flashbacks of Mia’s life with her family and her boyfriend Adam. Being a romance fan, of course the Adam flashback scenes were my favorite :)
Mia, the quiet and gifted cellist with really just one friend at school, and Adam, popular fellow student and lead singer in a local rising band. Their passion for music brought them together and they fell in the kind of hard and deep love that seemed more grown-up than high school. During the months leading up to the wreck, Mia and Adam’s year and a half relationship was under strain. His band’s fame is rising, and she’s just had a killer audition at Julliard in New York. Were they even going to survive that?
Now with Mia’s body partially wrecked, and the temptation to join those she has lost overwhelming, can her family, and particularly Adam, convince her to stay? Some of the hospital scenes – and the lengths Adam was willing to go to convince Mia to stay, were so poignant! I loved this story and based on its conclusion, comments from friends and the Where She Went book blurb that I’ve just finally allowed myself to read (wow, that sounds good!), I think I may end up loving the sequel even more :)
The If I Stay film adaption lost Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke in late 2010, and within months, also Mia frontrunner Dakota Fanning (no more lead roles until she finished high school was the “official” line). Now we have a Brazilian director attached...I think...and no Mia….When you look it up on IMDB, it says: “If I Stay (????)”...Not a good sign. *Fingers-crossed* that Lionsgate (via Summit merger) gets this film out of pre-production sometime in the near future.(less)
A nearly perfect contemporary romance set in Chicago with an alpha undercover agent who usually gives an "I don't do relationships" speech prior to be...moreA nearly perfect contemporary romance set in Chicago with an alpha undercover agent who usually gives an "I don't do relationships" speech prior to bedding any woman, but breaks all his rules for the beautiful wine shop owner and billionaire heiress he's trapped into posing as his girlfriend. I enjoyed this even more than Julie James' release from last year, Something About You. In addition to the great chemistry between the h/h, as a wine lover, I really loved the incorporation of wine into nearly all aspects of the story - even the foreplay and actual love scenes, especially during that hot little detour to the Napa Valley. I'm hoping some of the mentioned wines are real - if so, I plan to seek them out ;) This book was a real treat!(less)
This is one of those stories…where you’re only 30 or so pages in….and you just know with absolute conviction that it’s going to make its way onto your...moreThis is one of those stories…where you’re only 30 or so pages in….and you just know with absolute conviction that it’s going to make its way onto your favorites shelf. This. Was. Everything I could have hoped for in the If I Stay sequel - Hell, any sequel! It was beautifully written, haunting, emotional and deeply satisfying. I mean….just every single clichéd adjective you can think of. I did not want to leave the characters when Where She Went concluded – I desperately wanted more of their amazing story that has pretty much shamed nearly every other YA or YA romance I’ve ever read.
If you have not read If I Stay (If I Stay, Book 1), stop reading this review right now. Trust me. I would not even glance at the book summary for Where She Went until I finished If I Stay, and I’m very happy with that decision. And go get If I Stay and get with the program!! ;)
Where She Went picks up 3 years after the ending of If I Stay, and as the Goodreads summary indicates, Mia completed physical therapy in Oregon, accepted the admissions into Juilliard, dumped Adam, and never looked back. Adam Wilde is now a bona fide rock star – a singer, guitarist and main songwriter for his Oregon –rooted band, The Shooting Stars. But Adam is in every way an absolute mess. Tension with his bandmates. Anxiety issues. A shell of a relationship with his celebrity girlfriend…He is on the edge. It may have inspired his best material, but Mia’s breakup, and the manner in which it was done, had lasting, devastating effects on Adam. And God did I love being in his head. I was really excited when I read this would be in Adam’s POV. How many times have you read a romance and wished the author would give you some of the guy’s POV? Another brilliant move by Gayle Forman.
It is in this messed up condition that Adam encounters Mia in her new home, and one of my personal favorites: New York City. The awkwardness, the emotions, seeing Mia only through Adams interpretation - this was SO great to read for me, and with the NYC descriptions, I felt like I was there again. On a chance encounter the night before their careers are about to move them in very different directions, they go on this journey – throughout one evening and well into the morning hours – of Mia’s favorite places in the city. Through flashbacks, we get to see some of Adam and Mia’s past relationship through his eyes as well as Adam’s struggles in the last 3 years. Through their conversation during Mia’s NYC night tour :) you get to learn about what tore them apart and how Mia has become the young woman she is now.
I got all the answers I wanted and everything made sense. Their love? This story? How the book ended? Perfect, powerful and everything I hoped for. This story reads like a series conclusion, but I wanted more and was saddened to be done. My Goodreads girlfriend Brandy was SO right – this blew me away, brought tears to my eyes and I loved it even more than book 1. (less)
I have a massive library fine now - why? Because I'm being selfish and don't want to give this one up. After reading , I was excited about the change to a trilogy, but doubtful that one of my favorite YAs could be topped. I was pleased to be wrong - to echo a few friends who read this with me, Rules of Attraction was in a league of its own. This heroine, who wears odd clothing combos and has a stutter when she's nervous, was more likable than Perfect Chemistry's heroine. When you read a library copy, then insist on owning your own copy, you know you've found a winner. It's not imperative, but I would recommend reading this trilogy in order. Also, the video teaser for Rules of Attraction is pretty impressive, and not at all cheesy like the very inaccurate video for Perfect Chemistry. Unfortunately, the Rules of Attraction video hasn't been uploaded to the Goodreads author page yet, but you can catch it on her official website. Elkeles has once again given me a gorgeous, complex latino bad-boy hero to fall for in her interracial romance series, and I'm not all surprised Rules of Attraction debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list, right behind my other favorite YA series, The Hunger Games trilogy (Books #1 & #2). The ROA bookcover is just perfect, too - that's an actual scene in the book! :) Everyone I've rec'd this series to has also fallen in love with it - you won't be disappointed~(less)
Another fantastic Destiny series installment! Beautifully developed romance between a hopefully reformed motorcycle-riding bad boy and a woman who's t...moreAnother fantastic Destiny series installment! Beautifully developed romance between a hopefully reformed motorcycle-riding bad boy and a woman who's trying to find herself again after letting a chronic illness stop her from really living...and of course, just the right amount of lovin' with lots of outdoor scenes this time around. Waterfall one was especially nice ;)
THEORY: My computer-phobic girlfriend has a Destiny theory I want to share: The dark-haired woman mentioned several times at Duke's Grave Diggers bar? Initially, Duke tries to throw her Lucky's way...then another night, Duke is kissing this women when Lucky interrupts?...Could SHE be Annie Romo? I hope the mystery of Annie's fate is eventually revealed. If she's still alive, doesn't remember her family, and has turned into a Destiny motorcycle babe that no one seems to recognize, that would be a very interesting twist, no? ;) (less)
A little tamer than my usual preference, but this was a very entertaining fast read with enough spice to keep me happy. The author included an excerpt...moreA little tamer than my usual preference, but this was a very entertaining fast read with enough spice to keep me happy. The author included an excerpt to her Spring 2011 release, A Lot Like Love. I'm hooked :)(less)
This is the only ongoing series I read that features the same couple in every installment: NYC Homicide Lt. Eve Dallas and the sexy, complex, brillian...moreThis is the only ongoing series I read that features the same couple in every installment: NYC Homicide Lt. Eve Dallas and the sexy, complex, brilliant and dangerous Irish tycoon known only as Rourke. But these 2 characters are SO worthy of this distinction!! :)
Eve and Rourke both come from ugly, abusive childhoods. Sexual/physical/emotional abuse…it’s more accurate to say they didn’t really have childhoods! But Eve and Rourke managed to find peace with one another and their story is compelling enough to keep millions of readers hooked. Their relationship and new marriage is stressed in Vengeance in Death after Rourke’s long time friend & butler, Summerset, becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders tied to Rourke’s dark secrets from his younger years rising up in the rough streets of Dublin, Ireland. When Eve takes Summerset into questioning with Rourke acting as his representative and Eve brings up private information that she’s only privy to through her relationship with Rourke, I just about died with shock. It was definitely a "*sucks-in-air* Oh, no she didn't!!” kind of charged moment *g* In addition to the relationship/sexual tension within this story, this killer taunting Eve and making her solve puzzles to find the victim (not always in time) kept me hooked and as always, the futuristic aspects were just sprinkled in and never overwhelming.
Naked in Death and Glory in Death (Books 1 and 2) are still my favorites of this series; I’ve re-read them both more times than I can count. But Vengeance In Death was damn good and right up there with these favorites. It’s intimidating to read a series that I’m so incredibly behind on…what is J.D. Robb writing right now, including the short stories, “In Death” book #30? But it says a lot about a series when your friends that are current still love the series and encourage you to hurry and join them. And that’s what I’m going to do~ (less)
Their first, explosive encounter in a deliciously inappropriate and risky location: "That's when his hands dropped to her ass, squeezing her tight aga...moreTheir first, explosive encounter in a deliciously inappropriate and risky location: "That's when his hands dropped to her ass, squeezing her tight against the hardness between his legs. 'Just because I'm a good cop,' he said, 'doesn't mean I'm not a bad boy.'"
YAY-yay!! See, this is why Toni Blake is turning me into such a huge small-town romance fan, at least when it comes to her work. The book cover's very lovely, but before my Destiny days, I would have been running fast in the opposite direction. Toni gives you that comfy feeling you love and expect from this genre, but then she surprises you with sex so hot, you do a double take and think you're reading under her erotic romance pen name (Lacey Alexander). One Reckless Summer was blistering hot and nearly made me cry, but I loved Sugar Creek just as much and Mick and Mike are currently tied as my favorite Destiny guys - I just can't choose :)
Rachel Farris is a smart, stylish and successful Chicago ad-executive who has temporarily returned to Destiny, Ohio to help her ailing grandmother run the family's apple orchard business. And she likes to drive her fancy cars, and FAST, because she keeps getting pulled over by the tough, sexy, by the books, everybody-wants-to-bang-him, perpetual bachelor..Officer Mike Romo, or as Rachel likes to call him, "Officer Romeo" :) She feels he's harassing her because of a generations old family fued, and he think's she's a reckless citygirl looking down on their small-town way of life. But why can't she resist flirting with him? Their banter - the chemistry - it was just fantastic!
Pretty soon, though they still dislike each other, they give in to their passions and man was it smokin' hot! A good portion of their encounters were spontaneous, including my favorite one--> Although he doesn't understand why it's so important to him (you're falling for her, silly!), Mike convinces Rachel to attend his grandmother's birthday party as his date. On the drive over, though they've already had amazing sex, Rachel is still trying to do her best job of pretending she's totally unaffected by Mike and he doesn't really do it for her (uh-huh) ...So Mike WHIPS the car over into a barn on the side of the road, and erm...shuts her up really good! *g*
As the conclusion of Rachel's Destiny trip draws near, the love they are developing for one another results in rising tension. I loved Mike's struggles to accept a partner in his life, despite the incredible loss he suffered as young boy. In addition to Rachel and Mike's story, we get the bonus flashbacks of how the Farris/Romo feud began. And Rachel grandmother's frankness and teasing added to the humor. Hope we see more of her in future installments. This is a wonderful series - I'm looking forward to more :)
I'm not sure if this is the conclusion to the Travises' series, but if it was, it was pretty fantastic :) Jack Travis didn't spark my interest in the...moreI'm not sure if this is the conclusion to the Travises' series, but if it was, it was pretty fantastic :) Jack Travis didn't spark my interest in the previous series installments...he just seemed like a rich man whore! But boy was he so much more. Sexy, charming, thoughtful and tender with babies :)
Ella and her younger sister survived a tough childhood with their crazy, selfish mother and her steady rotation of boyfriends, but not without scars. Ella's younger sister, a victim of sexual abuse, sleeps around and lives a wild life. Ella, on the other hand, writes a romance advice column, Miss Independant, but doesn't believe in marriage herself (how can you promise yourself to someone forever?) and has a free-spirited boyfriend who feels the same way. Ella still feels guilty about getting the hell out of dodge when she was old enough, and leaving her little sister behind with her unstable mother. So when kid sister drops her new baby on her mother and disappears, Ella steps in to take care of the newborn, baby Luke, and track down the father for support. Ella's mother wants NOTHING to do with the baby...she can't have her boyfriend know she's a grandmother, right? *groan* This woman was just despicable. Author Lisa Kleypas has a knack for creating memorable characters, good and bad. I'll never forget the abusive husband in Blue-Eyed Devil (#2), and I feel the same way about Ella's mother.
Ella begins her search for Luke's father with Jack Travis, the only lead she has. They meet early on in the story *yay!* and he gets right to business with his seduction :) Although she shares an apartment with her boyfriend Dane in Austin, he wants absolutely nothing to do with the baby. Jack steps in immediately, and sets up Ella and Luke in a posh hotel room and then eventually, an apartment in Houston. They share meals together, he plays with baby Luke - Jack is just so wonderful. He makes no apologies for his wild sexual past, but explains that he learned something from every lover - all to make him more adept of giving her pleasure! There was only one TSTL moment with Ella when I thought it was clear she needed to dump her boyfriend and she didn't.
I loved the emotional conflict in this one, with Jack trying to break down Ella's defenses. He knows how he feels for her early on, but he hides his feelings for fear of scaring her off. He's an extremely sexy, capable lover (Yes, this is Lisa Kleypas, but it was still very hot)...but yet he's soooo good with baby Luke it will melt your heart. Jack Travis is basically everything Ella's boyfriend Dane isn't. In edition to Ella and Jack, you get to revisit with the couples from books 1 & 2 . There's one more single Travis man who suffers some hardship in this book. I've got my fingers crossed for one more book!(less)
I just read this in the FAQ section of McGuire's website and cheered *grin*
Isn’t Beautiful Disaster a little racy to be classified as Young Adult?
Yes,...moreI just read this in the FAQ section of McGuire's website and cheered *grin*
Isn’t Beautiful Disaster a little racy to be classified as Young Adult?
Yes, that is why it is classified as contemporary romance. Beautiful Disaster is “rated” by the author as mature for strong language and sexual content, and is recommended for ages 17+.
Update: April 12, 2013
I finally read Beautiful Disaster and finished it just in the nick of time for Jamie McGuire’s signing event in my home state last night. I need to finally go ahead and create a blog JUST so I have a friggin’ place to stash my signing posts! :) With all my author stalking/signing groupie ways, it’s time. For now, I’m shoving it here, into this review :)
I started Beautiful Disaster on ebook but finished it on audiobook because pretty early on, I realized I couldn’t bear to stop reading for activities that didn’t lend well to holding a book in my hand. And despite knowing that I was going to also fork over $$ to get the paperback for the upcoming signing…I didn’t care. This book was so consuming in the very best way! Extra bonus was that Beautiful Disaster’s narrator is someone that I’m familiar with and already love: Emma Galvin, the narrator for Veronica Roth’s uber popular Divergent series.
At last night’s Walking Disaster signing and Q&A event in Dayton, Ohio, I told Jamie McGuire that I was constantly going back and forth over which Beautiful Disaster character was more fucked up; that her book took me on SUCH an emotional roller-coaster that it made me nauseous; and that it’s been awhile since I’ve been this affected by a book and I loved every minute of it…“You make me sick!” – I exclaimed, obviously joking! She responded “I LOVE that!”
-On why she had Travis give Abby the nickname Pigeon/Pidge? Jamie took it from Lady and the Tramp – Tramp nicknames Lady Pigeon/Pidge in the movie. She really liked it so she incorporated it into Beautiful Disaster (One of my friends at the signing really wanted an answer on this one because she considered pigeons the rats of the bird world *g*)
-Warner Brothers has optioned the movie. If they don’t make the movie within a specified amount of time, another studio can purchase the rights or WB can pay addition $$ to hold onto the rights for a longer period of time. The screenplay is being written right now. The expected completion date for the 1st draft of the screenplay is May 2013.
-Jamie envisions the really hot actor that played one of the Seal Team Six members in the film Zero Dark Thirty as Travis Maddox (Jamie MUST be referring to actor Taylor Kinney!!)
-The producer for the film adaption of Beautiful Disaster is Donald De Line, whose credits include I Love You Man, Green Lantern, and Michael Bay’s latest, Pain and Gain. (Hmm…I actually don’t like this news at all…Why did WB put an action film guy on this?...And I think everyone knows about how awful Green Lantern. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see and hope for the best! Don’t screw this up, WB! *shakes-fist*)
-When asked about more books in this series, Jamie said she will be writing books for Travis’ brothers. Travis & Abby will have cameos in their books. The order for the books (WHICH IS A SPOILER IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BEAUTIFUL DISATER, SO STOP READING THIS COMMENT IF YOU HAVEN’T)…. is as follows: Trent & Cammy (we meet Cammy in Walking Disaster) will be 1st. Thomas 2nd. And the twins will be 3rd and 4th.
-Jamie was in X-ray school while writing Beautiful Disaster. She actually wrote while in class, and in the evenings, but she still had awesome grades. Last year, with the movie deal and success of her books, and her desire to not be around X-ray machinery while pregnant if she didn’t have to be, she quit that line of work and became a full-time writer. Her husband became her business manager. Jamie believes you always need a Plan B/backup plan, so despite all her success (Walking Disaster is #1 on the New York Times and USA Today), she still keeps up with X-Ray continuing education classes. Smart woman!
-When asked about her favorite book bookfriend/hero from another author’s book, Jamie responded that it was the Twilight series’ Edward Cullen.
-Beautiful Disaster’s original name, as she was writing it, was “Red Flag,” but after hearing Kelly Clarkson’s song ‘Beautiful Disaster,’ Jamie thought “This is SO Travis!” and changed the title.
-Jamie also thanks Kelly Clarkson for the title “Walking Disaster” – she picked that up from the lyrics to her song, ‘You Can’t Win’
-In explanation of the Beautiful Disaster cover, Jamie says the cover artist gave a very literal translation of the title. Butterflies are beautiful. A butterfly in a closed jar is a beautiful disaster.
- Where does she come up with these names, like America, Brazil, Shepherd? Those 3 names are names of Jamie’s real friends. If you didn’t catch it while reading the book, Brazil was actually the last name of the character Brazil. Jamie told her friend Shepherd she would name her 1st born son after him. She had 2 daughters, so named her character after him instead.
-In response to the question, “How much of Beautiful Disaster/Walking Disaster is based upon your own personal experience?” Jamie laughed “More than I’ll EVER admit to!”...She did admit that in college, the football team actually threw Jamie’s birthday party, kind of like Abby’s.
-Jamie’s hubby and baby girl attended the signing with her :)
Although Sugar Daddy's heroine, Liberty, was a more likeable character than Haven, Blue-Eyed Devil had plenty of Hardy Cates, the gorgeous, mischeviou...moreAlthough Sugar Daddy's heroine, Liberty, was a more likeable character than Haven, Blue-Eyed Devil had plenty of Hardy Cates, the gorgeous, mischevious Texan I fell for in Sugar Daddy. I loved this book a little more than the last one for the following reasons: Hardy Cates, was just absolutely delicious and delivered more lines than I can count that will make you melt; the sex scenes were hotter and more plentiful than Sugar Daddy; the tramautic beginning involving spousal abuse from a narcassistic lunatic, was well-written and powerful bringing me to tears; and finally, the h/h spent more time together (less alone "personal development time" and more romance!). Loving Hardy, I knew Lisa Kleypas could top Sugar Daddy with Blue-Eyed Devil. This was good enough to compel me to immediately begin Book 3, Smooth Talking Stranger. I hope Lisa Kleypas can do it again!(less)