This one definitely threw me for a loop in the beginning. I read this on my kindle and actually closed it twice to check to make sure it was the correThis one definitely threw me for a loop in the beginning. I read this on my kindle and actually closed it twice to check to make sure it was the correct book. It just had a very different vibe from most of the other books I've read by Phillips. It felt more like a mystery with the romance being the secondary plot whereas most of her books the romance is up front and center. Also, there was a darkness to this book that others haven't had. It felt almost gothic in nature, and I'm not sure if I felt this way because of the characters references to their favorite gothic novels or how the heroine compared the hero to Heathcliff, but I just felt at times I was reading a Victorian gothic romance.
Either way, despite the initial confusing over what I was reading I did enjoy it. I can't say it was my favorite book but I still liked it. There were really two mystery plot lines in this one. The primary was what was happening to the heroine (Annie) and why someone was trying to hurt her. The second was something regarding the hero (Theo) and his past. The secondary mystery wasn't really that mysterious and that I figured out pretty easily but the other was a little harder. The romance storyline between Annie and Theo was nice but it didn't really feel like there were sparks for me. Maybe because they both tried so hard to keep their emotions from eachother that I didn't feel like their relationship was that genuine.
Also, the puppets freaked me out. I'm not a big fan of dolls, but puppets are even worse. The fact that Annie had conversations with them was disturbing and I HATED the way she used her puppets to speak to Livia. It was really unnerving. When children have deep seated issues like that, a hack with a puppet shouldn't be allowed to "figure it out" by muddling their way through it. It just really bothered me....more
Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. I don't even think there's a need for me to review this book. All you need to know is this book is aWords cannot describe how much I loved this book. I don't even think there's a need for me to review this book. All you need to know is this book is about Teddy Beaudine and Meg Koranda. Meg drives Teddy nuts, Teddy resists Meg, hilarity and sex ensue, all is great.
This was another good one from Phillips, the only thing that bothered me was how she switched time so quickly without letting the reader know. For exaThis was another good one from Phillips, the only thing that bothered me was how she switched time so quickly without letting the reader know. For example the book started in the present, went to the past about 10 years or so, then went back ahead another 10 years. Then it stayed in that time and then skipped ahead another 9 years or so. It was just a little frustrating to have to figure out where the story was chronologically.
Otherwise it was a very cute story, and it was satisfying to see how both characters grew up throughout the story....more
Having read most of the other Chicago Stars series, I was really surprised with this one. It was really sad, and it seemed a little bit darker than heHaving read most of the other Chicago Stars series, I was really surprised with this one. It was really sad, and it seemed a little bit darker than her others books. Although it had it's funny parts, for the most part it was really heart wrenching and I felt absolutely terrible for both of the main characters.
Rachel Stone is trying to build her life back up with her 5 year old son Edward. It turns out she is the ex-wife of a famous Pastor who scammed a whole country out of money. She arrives in Salvation with nothing in her pockets and her car breaks down. She ends up being stranded right outside Gabe Bonner's drive in.
Gabe Bonner is still getting over the death of his wife and child when he finds Rachel and her son on his property. He wants nothing more than to be left alone, and has often wondered why he's still alive. He wants to end his life, and if weren't for his brothers and his parents he probably would have already done so.
These two complimented eachother very well, and I had tears in my eyes through more than one part of this story. We also see some repeat characters in this book. Cal Bonner and his wife Dr. Jane, and we also see Ethan Bonner Gabe's other brother.
Definitely a great book, but don't expect to find the same light and funny stories that comprise the rest of the Chicago Stars series....more