Not my favorite Lisa Kleypas book.... More of a 3.5 than a 4 star. I struggled to connect with the main characters, and the fact that it took me almosNot my favorite Lisa Kleypas book.... More of a 3.5 than a 4 star. I struggled to connect with the main characters, and the fact that it took me almost four months to slog through tells me everything I need to know. Usually I can't put a Lisa Kleypas romance down until I've devoured every last page, and this one was often a struggle to pick up.
I read this is one sitting. It had a quick pace from the get-go, and I loved Hennessy's macabre style. Murderous Little Darlings is much more Anne RI read this is one sitting. It had a quick pace from the get-go, and I loved Hennessy's macabre style. Murderous Little Darlings is much more Anne Rice than Stephenie Myer, and more than once I found myself gritting my teeth and cringing (definitely a good thing). A quick, entertaining (albeit occasionally confusing) tale that introduces us to Marcus, Julianna, and Rocco, three siblings with three very different personalities. Lots of action, one big unexpected twist, and a few comedic moments left me very entertained and looking forward to the next novella in the series.
As I noted, however, the story was confusing at parts, especially in the beginning. It took me a little while to sort out all of the characters and the timeline as we're thrown from the present to the past to the present again. There were also a few editing errors here and there, and I wasn't a huge fan of the format (double space between paragraphs, no indentations) but that's just personal preference.
Having read the first two novels in the Ivy Years series, I bought this one as soon as I saw it was featured in Dear Author's daiI love Sarina Bowen.
Having read the first two novels in the Ivy Years series, I bought this one as soon as I saw it was featured in Dear Author's daily deals. Since it had been a few months since I last read The Year We Hid Away it took me a little bit to reconnect with Harkness College and some the characters that were reintroduced. I felt a little lost for a bit, most likely because I've yet to read The Understatement of the Year which introduces Bella, the heroine of The Shameless Hour.
I liked Bella right from the start, but I never loved Bella and that's why this book is largely a 3 star read for me. As someone who personally has more in common with Lianne, her roommate, I had some trouble relating to Bella and understanding the reasoning behind a few of her decisions.
That being said, I applaud Bowen for creating a character that isn't seen that often in contemporary romance (or historical romance or young adult romance for that matter): a woman not afraid, embarrassed, or ashamed of the fact that she loves sex.
Rafe, the hero, was sweet and supportive throughout... another nice change from some of the new adult novels I've read recently. Unfortunately, he come off as a little bland at times and I found myself skimming a bit in the middle because of him.
The only other thing that kept this from being a 4 or a 5 star read was the ending. (view spoiler)[ Everything came together a bit too neatly for my taste, and the "big prank" on the Beta Rho fraternity was just kind of 'eh' for me. (hide spoiler)]
As always, Bowen did an excellent job of balancing the story line between Rafe and Bella's viewpoints, letting us see inside both of their heads.
A solid 3 stars and a recommended read. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Very underwhelmed. LOVED the first book, liked the second, didn't really feel much for the third. Still think Susan Ee is an amazingly talented writerVery underwhelmed. LOVED the first book, liked the second, didn't really feel much for the third. Still think Susan Ee is an amazingly talented writer and can't wait to read whatever she writes next. Full review to come. ...more
New, steamy excerpt to brighten up your Monday morning ;)
“Rest assured, any relationship of a personal nature that occurs between us shall not int New, steamy excerpt to brighten up your Monday morning ;)
“Rest assured, any relationship of a personal nature that occurs between us shall not interfere with my work. I intend to enjoy your body” - Wolfson's hands began a slow, teasing descent down her arms, leaving a trail of delicate goose pimples in their wake - “and discover who is trying to do you harm.”
“So you intend to have your cake and…and eat it too?” she finished weakly as he palmed her breasts, exploring their weight and softness.
“Indeed I do, Miss May.” His thumbs circled her nipples, raising them to two hard points of arousal. Capturing both her wrists in one hand, he pulled her arms above her head before he shoved her back against the wall. “Indeed I do.”
Murder of Miss May is NOW AVAILABLE for pre-order on Amazon! Buy it today and save $1.50 off the regular retail price, then wait impatiently until April 14th to have it delivered to your kindle, iphone, or ipad. :) ...more
At last, a recent novel by Nora Roberts that actually reads like it was written by Nora Roberts! After being let down by the The Search and similarlAt last, a recent novel by Nora Roberts that actually reads like it was written by Nora Roberts! After being let down by the The Search and similarly disappointed with Dark Witch , Nora and I parted ways for a little bit. I actually found myself re-reading some of her older works including Dance Upon the Air (Nell & Zack... swoon) and some really old (we're talking eighties) classics from her Silhouette days. So when Christmas rolled around and my boyfriend's mom asked me what I wanted, Nora Roberts wasn't far from the back of my mind.
I went to Amazon to search for her newest releases and stumbled upon The Witness. It had pretty good reviews, many of which claimed this novel (Nora's 200th) reminded them of the way Nora used to write. That was good enough for me.
The Witness started off with a bang and didn't let up until the last page. There was action, romance, suspense, and, most importantly, sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine, Brooks and Abigail. While Abigail's work was an important part of the story line, it didn't overshadow the story line, which was quite refreshing (especially after the incredibly disappointing Bridal Quartet). I also liked that while Abigail and Brooks were strong together, they were also strong independently.
It was a real treat to see Abigail evolve and change throughout the course of the novel while maintaining her quirky (not to mention literal) personality. Brooks went through some changes as well, and had enough of his own stuff going on to keep the plot quick and interesting when written from his point of view.
And did I mention the Russian Mafia is involved?
Overall, I found The Witness to be classic Nora Roberts. It was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and one I recommend for new fans and old alike. ...more