I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a podunk town in the bayou of Louisiana, the cadence of speech and sayings were really fun. The author went to...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in a podunk town in the bayou of Louisiana, the cadence of speech and sayings were really fun. The author went to the trouble of making the people of this small town likable, and delved into what a tight community small towns can be. You're not just seeing a bunch of rednecks living in the swamp. You are seeing kind and generous people. Though they may not have a lot of money, they will still cook for you, and they have their pride as well. It helps when an author makes the surrounding characters as much fun as the main characters. The chemistry between the Hero and Heroine was great, as were their separate personalities. Garwood is great at spinning tales from different perspectives so they interweave seamlessly. The story was wonderfully told, keeping you enthralled until the very end. I only wish there was a little more detail about how the last 2 bad guys got their comeuppance. :) (less)
This book was OK. Placed in South Carolina, in a town where the same 4 wealthy families that ran the town before the Revolutionary war still run the t...moreThis book was OK. Placed in South Carolina, in a town where the same 4 wealthy families that ran the town before the Revolutionary war still run the town, there is intrigue for sure. You do love the main characters, but I feel that something was missing to really make their feelings for each other believable. The fact that Meadow (the main character) cared enough and trusted Devlin (hero) to sleep with him, but not tell him the truth just didn't seem likely to me. Not with her personality the way it is written anyways. The fact that Devlin would hire someone to be his assistant and trust him with so much, without knowing anything about his background until things started to turn sideways didn't really strike me as within his personality traits, either. But it was a fun read, just not exceptional. Too many inconstancies, and the big bad guy gets away in the end? I don't think so.(less)
I really like Karen Marie Moning, though before this, I had only read her Fever series. This one had a lot more love scenes in it, which was nice, but...moreI really like Karen Marie Moning, though before this, I had only read her Fever series. This one had a lot more love scenes in it, which was nice, but the heroine wasn't as likable as Mac. The main story line is that some of the male Fae get a little pissed off because their Queen makes them jealous of a mortal man who is legendary for his beauty and skills in the bedroom. They decide to exact revenge on him by finding a woman from the future who has sworn off beautiful men. Though you like both of the characters individually, it gets a little wearing to read their interactions. She is cruel and punishing to him just because he is beautiful and has had many lovers in the past. Punishing him a little too long for her ex-husband's mistakes. He swears he loves her like he has no other, but you don't really see why when she is so cruel to him. You really feel for the guy, and want her to get over it already. It was fine at the beginning, but I felt that the pretense went on a little too long. When she finally stops being a bitch, and sees him for who he is, then the story really gets good again. They have to find a way around the Fae who didn't want them to be together in the first place. The love scenes are super hot, and it makes you want a Highland warrior of your own. :)(less)
This was a pretty fun book. I had a hard time really 'feeling it' at the beginning. Felt like something was missing. I had a hard time buying into the...moreThis was a pretty fun book. I had a hard time really 'feeling it' at the beginning. Felt like something was missing. I had a hard time buying into the connection or chemistry between the main 2 love interests. But it got into the groove as the book went on, and the dialogue was great! I can't say she's now one of my favorite authors, but it was a fun read. (less)
This was a very interesting book, and well written for Young Adult Fiction. The base of the story is that a seemingly mundane (normal human) girl sudd...moreThis was a very interesting book, and well written for Young Adult Fiction. The base of the story is that a seemingly mundane (normal human) girl suddenly can see things that humans normally cannot. She sees a couple of teenagers that she thinks are trying to kill someone, only to find out that the boy they are "killing" is actually a demon, and they are 'Shadowhunters' (demon killers, or better known in folklore as Nephilim - half angel, half human). What follows is a whirlwind of plot twists, discoveries, adventures, and a little romance, followed by more plot twists. The author does not focus on the romance (like other YA paranormal authors), she focuses more on courage and self discovery, as well as the paranormal world that she has created. It wasn't the most amazing book I have ever read, but it was well done, and good enough to make me want to read the rest of the books in the series. (less)
This is a YA book, and written in the style of an old Southern man telling a story. If you like Greek and Roman mythology, you'll love this book. And...moreThis is a YA book, and written in the style of an old Southern man telling a story. If you like Greek and Roman mythology, you'll love this book. And if you go into it knowing it's YA and written Storyteller style, then you'll probably enjoy it even more. The writer injects his own thoughts and interpretations into the story, and treats the story as an animated object trying to tell it's story through him. It's the tale of Cupid and Psyche, with lots of other Gods and Goddesses (including lots of lesser known ones) injected into it. As characters go, Psyche seems to me like a girl with very little intelligence or spine. But I don't know how much you can improve on a known mythical character. She goes through her life sad and lonely because she is so beautiful, and though they state she is intelligent, the only thing that she thinks about is philosophical questions regarding beauty. Since her sisters only think about being beautiful and material things, I guess it is a small improvement, but it doesn't really point to real intelligence. She has moments of bravery, and has a very kind and soft heart. But she always does as she is told, and falls in love with a man who only visits her at night to make love to her. She is easily manipulated, and feels sorry for herself a lot - even going so far as to try to kill herself because Cupid leaves her at one point. So, in my opinion, she is very weak willed and not too smart, but with small moments of bravery - usually followed by more moments of stupidity. All that being said, I still enjoyed the story, and thought the author had a nice spin on it and way of telling it. If I was still a teenager, this probably would have been a favorite of mine, as I was very into Greek Mythology at that age, and trying to understand love. (less)
If you are a fan of Ms. MacAlister for her witty and fun repartee, she does not disappoint in this book. Though at first I enjoyed the main character...moreIf you are a fan of Ms. MacAlister for her witty and fun repartee, she does not disappoint in this book. Though at first I enjoyed the main character (Alix), for her humor and talking to inanimate objects, by the middle of the book I was quite tired of her selfish neurosis. Her love interest, also named Alex (but with an 'e'), is a little uptight at first, getting more and more perfect as the book continues. What this combination gives you is that you dislike Alix more and more, and really start liking Alex, feeling that he is way too good for the main character you are supposed to like. He ends up just about perfect there towards the end, and you're not completely sure what he sees in Alix. Oh, she eventually comes around, but I could have done with a few chapters less of her whining. For all it's flaws, MacAlister still makes the story a fun read, and it's definitely worth reading for the laughs. (less)
This was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The main heroine, Jillian, is very likable. Not your typical beauty, but incredibl...moreThis was my first book by this author, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. The main heroine, Jillian, is very likable. Not your typical beauty, but incredibly smart, capable and determined. The love interest, Sam, is not your typical ‘hero’, in fact, you can barely stand him in the beginning. But you start warming up to him when you see his intelligence. He is very “id” - unevolved, base human nature. He is a walking hormone, very sensual, no soft center, this one. He is territorial, protective, dominant. If you’re looking for sonnets, he is not your guy. If you want to be protected in the wild Amazon, and screwed within an inch of your life (figuratively speaking), look no further.
The story was well written, very intriguing and suspenseful. I appreciate authors who can write enough detail to paint a great picture of their surroundings. Howard did a great amount of research into Brazil and the Amazon, so you feel that you are right there with the characters. I loved the picture she drew with her descriptions of the wild place. Danger and beauty, untamed wilderness, animals, local tribes, river Pirates, and unpredictable and intense weather. I also really appreciate writers who don’t depend on sex to carry the story. It was always an underlying factor, but it wasn’t the main point of the story. The journey through the Amazon to the hidden city, and getting out alive, maintained to be the focus of the story. All in all, it was a well written, well researched book, and I found a new author that I will read more of! (less)
Well, it being a prequel, you don't really know what's going on. It's still funny, and perhaps makes you want to learn more about the crazy lady who l...moreWell, it being a prequel, you don't really know what's going on. It's still funny, and perhaps makes you want to learn more about the crazy lady who lost her cat, but then again, not so much if you don't like crazy. I'm still undecided. Glad it was a free download on my Droid Kindle. (less)
I think I went into this book with high expectations because I love Ellen and think she's hilarious. And I did laugh, so mission accomplished. The for...moreI think I went into this book with high expectations because I love Ellen and think she's hilarious. And I did laugh, so mission accomplished. The forward I think is the funniest part of the book, though. For the first half of the book, the chapters are sort of nonsensical stories that are pretty random, and I didn't find particularly funny. For those kinds of stories, John Stewart's "Naked Pictures of Famous People" was much more ridiculous and hilarious. The second half of the book was more of her every day observations, which I found much more in line with the funny Ellen that I know and love. She seemed to have a hard time finding the right way to end the book, but you're glad you read it to the end.
So, I liked it well enough, but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. Though if you need something light hearted and easy, it will make you laugh, at least it should if you have any sense of humor at all. :)(less)
This was a first for me from this author, not knowing that she also wrote The Princess Diaries (which movies I saw, but not read the books). She is a...moreThis was a first for me from this author, not knowing that she also wrote The Princess Diaries (which movies I saw, but not read the books). She is a great writer and really pulls you in from the very beginning. It was really hard to put this book down because once it got going, it was pretty much non-stop action, not knowing what was going to happen next. I also really enjoy reading books with multiple points of view, which this one had. I was expecting a definitive ending, but it was left wide open for a sequel. I really hope she writes one, because I can't wait to see what happens next!! Meena has The Prince of Darkness (leader of all Vampires and is the coolest Vampire I have ever read about) fall in love with her, which is funny because she doesn't find anything about Vampires sexy. She also meets a Vampire Slayer (who is one of many who work for a secret organization within the Catholic church), who eventually falls in love with her as well. She is a good person, with a heavy burden herself - knowing when people are going to die. She doesn't really have to choose between the men in this book, as she spends most of the time largely unaware of the Slayer's feelings for her. But it is set up nicely for the sequel, where you can see it becoming more of an issue. She does end up having to choose what to do with her gift, and whether she wants to BE with a Vampire at all, even though she loves him, she doesn't want to be what he is. This was a very fun book, injected with humor and very fun characters. It's a nice little bonus that she works in TV and has to deal with the on-screen Vampire mania. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more from this author.(less)
This is my first book by this author, and she did not disappoint. The main character of the book is Sophie Rose, who's father is wanted for questionin...moreThis is my first book by this author, and she did not disappoint. The main character of the book is Sophie Rose, who's father is wanted for questioning by all law enforcement agencies for his, let's say, less than legal philanthropic lifestyle. Known as Chicago's Robin Hood, the people mostly love him, but Sophie is weary of all law enforcement personnel. The exceptions are her best friend's husband (Alec), who is FBI, and a few retired cops that look out for her. Jack is Alec's new partner, and is very attracted to Sophie, though he tries to ignore it, knowing who her father is. You can't help but like both Jack and Sophie. Sophie stumbles upon a dangerous story without really understanding it, and Garwood is good at giving you enough detail to speculate, but leaves enough unsaid that you want to see how it all turns out in the end. I gather that this is the second of a series, and she makes me want to read the other two. I found another great author in Garwood, and am looking forward to more of her books!(less)
This is the second book in the Bride Quartet series by Roberts. I actually read the third book first, then went back and read the first one. Out of th...moreThis is the second book in the Bride Quartet series by Roberts. I actually read the third book first, then went back and read the first one. Out of the first three, this one made the biggest impression on me. I have been reading Nora Roberts for quite a while, enough to have read most of her books. She is good at making you laugh with her witty dialogue (which is wonderful in this book), and she is very detail oriented and well researched. But very rarely does she really pull a lot of emotion out of me, let alone bring tears to my eyes. If you are familiar with Roberts, you know how the recipe generally goes: Boy meets girl, they resist each other, eventually start dating, there is a big break (making them see how much they care), and then they end up together. What is amazing about Roberts is that even though she uses that recipe in pretty much all her books (minus the JD Robb stuff), you still like reading them because she makes the stories, characters, and dialogue so wonderful!
**SPOILER ALERT - kind of***
In this story, you can't help but love Emma. She is just in love with life and love. She is a happy, generous, positive person, who gives her whole heart to everything she does. So, when she gives it to Jack, it is with her whole being, no holding back. Her three friends that she runs the business with are, as always, very enjoyable, and also very loyal and loving to each other. When the break between Emma and Jack happen in this story (which is part of Roberts' recipe, so you're not surprised when it happens), the description of the absolute emotional pain that Emma feels leaps off the page and into your heart. And her friends unfailing support and love for her at that time makes you either wish you had friends like that, or appreciate them if you do.
It is wonderful when an author that you have gotten used to can still surprise you, and that's what this book did. Can't wait to read Parker's story!(less)
This was a free book on my Droid Kindle, so I checked it out. I liked it enough that it makes me want to check out the first 2 of the series, and I'm...moreThis was a free book on my Droid Kindle, so I checked it out. I liked it enough that it makes me want to check out the first 2 of the series, and I'm sure there will be one more as well. It was a fun story, though some things were slightly annoying. Like the fact that it seemed over half the book was just the characters thinking about how attracted they were to each other. That whole thing about men thinking about sex every few seconds? Apparently Mer (as they're called in this book) do too. So it was cute, and written well enough for me to get "hooked" into the story line (no pun intended), but don't go looking for great writing or emotional depth on this one. Just a fun, sexy story about humans and mermaids - with just enough preaching about humans polluting the environment to make you feel that the Mermaid really did care about it. (less)
Every woman who is having a baby should read this book. It tells you everything you need to know to make your decisions on what kind of birth to plan...moreEvery woman who is having a baby should read this book. It tells you everything you need to know to make your decisions on what kind of birth to plan for. It also explains what is happening in our bodies physiologically when we give birth, and pointers on what we can do to help it go smoothly. An absolutely amazing book from the Nation's leading Midwife. (less)