Let me first begin by saying that I am LDS, and therefore the strong religious elements did not bother me. Having said that, I do feel that this book...moreLet me first begin by saying that I am LDS, and therefore the strong religious elements did not bother me. Having said that, I do feel that this book is geared toward LDS readers, but only because those unfamiliar with the LDS faith may not understand a lot of what is being discussed. Keep in mind that this is a fiction book, and an interesting one at that, although it wasn't quite what I expected.
I enjoyed the storyline, though it read more like a personal journal, and it touched on some hot-topic issues, which I thought brave of the author. There's humor and sadness mixed in with a little sarcasm and a lot of personal issues. It's a story about working through personal crisis and depression while struggling to maintain a normal life, care for children, and move forward after tragedy. Todd struggles and he overcomes obstacles, and in many ways it's an uplifting read, but the author doesn't necessarily gloss over issues, which I find refreshing.
I enjoyed the conversations between Todd and his shrink the most, as the shrink didn't pull punches, and he ended up being my favorite character.
Keeping the religious aspect in mind, I would recommend this book to others. It's a clean read and a good story for our time. However, don't pick it up thinking you're reading a blog--that's not what this is about.(less)
This was one of the most enjoyable reads I had in a long time. To be honest, after the first chapter I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the book, bu...moreThis was one of the most enjoyable reads I had in a long time. To be honest, after the first chapter I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the book, but I'm so glad I kept going! It's extremely clean which is always a bonus for this reader. I never retell the storyline in a review--that's what the blurb is for--but I will tell you why I enjoyed it.
First, I stayed awake hours past when I normally go to sleep so I could finish reading it in one night. That's rare for me. Second, the story moved forward at a nice pace, and it was well-written. There were only a couple of short sections where the hero dreams and it took me out of the action, but only for a moment.
When I first "met" the heroine, she annoyed me to the point where I wanted to shake sense into her, but that didn't last long. In fact, my favorite part about this book was the gradual change in the heroine. I enjoyed watching her change from spoiled socialite to someone who discovers she's stronger and more capable than she realized.
The hero, Jake--I adored him. He behaved like a typical man part of the way, but who can blame him with the way she behaved at first. Jake made me think of Sully from Dr. Quinn, only without the buckskin and fringe. I liked him more and more as the story went on.
I mentioned that the book is clean, but that doesn't mean there isn't romantic tension, and the author does a nice job weaving that into the story without making the book sappy or silly. There's adventure, sadness (I cried), happy moments (I smiled), and great characters.
Oh and the best part was how the author ending the book--I can honestly say I would have done the exact same thing because I can say for certain that I will be buying the next book. (less)
Definitely not my favorite of the FBI thrillers--I liked up through #14 the best, but still good. I'll read the next one in the series because I'm pre...moreDefinitely not my favorite of the FBI thrillers--I liked up through #14 the best, but still good. I'll read the next one in the series because I'm pretty dedicated to the characters.(less)
Surprisingly Julie Garwood's medieval romances are the only ones I recall reading, so it was enjoyable to discover a new author writing in the genre....moreSurprisingly Julie Garwood's medieval romances are the only ones I recall reading, so it was enjoyable to discover a new author writing in the genre. O'Donnell is a talented writer whose strength, I felt, was in her characters. Damien really did seem like a cold-hearted assassin, void of feeling toward women. Aurora seemed to be a caring young woman with a forgiving heart. I enjoy unlikely pairings, and the author managed to have them come together as though they were meant to be. I would likely read more books by this author and recommend her books to others.
Content Note: This is a very sensual book with more than one intimate encounter. The content didn't bother me (I usually skim over it anyway), but it's there for those who like to know. (less)