I've read one other book by Crusie, and it was okay so I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It was just so absurd that it was funnI've read one other book by Crusie, and it was okay so I was kind of surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! It was just so absurd that it was funny.
The basic premise of the story, a woman named Minerva (Min for short) is out at a theme bar with her boyfriend when he decides to give her the ol' boot. The reason for his decision, she hadn't slept with him yet. So of course, she hopes he has a heart attack.. but he doesn't lol. Min is with her friends, one is a man-hater and the other is a hopeless romantic. Min is just tired of being the fat frumpy girl in between in her two friends, but hey what can you do? She's minding her own business when she overhears her scum worthy ex making a bet with a drool worthy man named Cal. What is the bet you ask? Scum boy says that Cal can't get Min into bed within a month, and Cal admits to having never lost a bet in his life.
Hilarity ensues, followed by ridiculous situations, with horrible and yet fascinating family members which make you happy with the family you DO have. Because if I had family members like poor Cal and Min, I would have put a bullet in their heads long ago.
There are a lot of side plots that go on that all intertwine with the main plot. I think it was just the absurdity of the dialogue and the situations that made it truly funny. I mean seriously, some of the things that these characters said and talked about just made me say "what?" All in all, it was a great book, and at least now I have another author to stalk in the library to keep me occupied....more
This is the fourth book in Foster's Love Undercover series and features Dashiel Riske and Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson. Margo is working underThis is the fourth book in Foster's Love Undercover series and features Dashiel Riske and Lieutenant Margaret "Margo" Peterson. Margo is working undercover trying to find the criminals abducting women and forcing them to do pornography. She is using herself as bait and Dash Riske doesn't like that overly much. Dash has been trying to convince Margo that he can help her and he has also been trying to persuade her into bed. Margo is trying to deny Dash because she doesn't want to be seen by her underlings as a woman. She wants to remain in charge at work especially after she cleared out all the dirty cops. When Margo is in an accident and realizes that the criminals know who she is and want to stop her. Dash refuses to let her be on her own and the two get put together and of course the fireworks begin.
While I did like the main storyline of trying to find the criminals and I liked seeing Reese and Logan again I had a hard time with the main characters. I liked Margo and I liked Dash, I just didn't particularly like them together. I felt like their relationship was forced and all the teasing and such just got redundant. Also, Foster flirted a bit with a little D/s and I just feel like if you are going to do it, just commit to it or don't do it at all.
However, I am excited to see what happens with Cannon. I've liked him since he was introduced earlier in the series and I really want him to have a HEA.
Thanks to netgalley and harlequin for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review....more
I probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it weren't for a group I was in suggesting it. I have never read anything by this author, and to be hoI probably wouldn't have picked up this book if it weren't for a group I was in suggesting it. I have never read anything by this author, and to be honest I never really heard of him before this.
I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slowly, and the main character John Corey was such a sarcastic SOB that he was great! I liked his style and his humor... although I'm not sure I was really supposed to like him. John is a homicide detective with the NYPD and is currently recuperating in the North Fork of Long Island from being shot three times. He is approached by the local sheriff Max to help with a double murder. John is reluctant to help, and the only reason he does help is because he knows the victims.
The case itself, a wife and husband are found outside their home dead. The next door neighbor insists that they came home late on their boat, but never heard the gun going off. The problem that makes this case so dangerous, the couple worked on Plum Island which contains a virus and bacteria research facility. Of course they only look at diseases that affect animals, because the US government has signed a policy stating they do not do germ warfare research. Yeah. Okay. So the feds, the CIA, the local police and whoever else has a badge, is searching to see if the couple was killed because of their job on the island. Did they steal a deadly virus that can wipe out the world, did they steal a vaccine so they could make themselves billions of dollars or is this just a case of a home burglary gone wrong. John Corey thinks he knows, and he thinks that he is the only one who can solve this case.
After the beginning, maybe about 20-30 pages, the book really picked up the pace and John made the book interesting. His theories were intriguing, and his humor and sarcasm kept me in touch with his character. I liked that I wasn't able to guess what was really going on, and that there were a few surprises along the way. I also liked the setting of the book and that it's in close proximity to where I live, and I have actually been to some of the places mentioned.
I just found out that this is the first in a series, so I'm going to look into the next book....more
Fantastic!! A great follow up to the first book Plum Island. In this book, John Corey has joined at elite task force comprised of FBI, CIA, ex-NYPD, cFantastic!! A great follow up to the first book Plum Island. In this book, John Corey has joined at elite task force comprised of FBI, CIA, ex-NYPD, current NYPD some lawyers, accountants, and whoever else they could think of to throw into the mix. Their job, anti-terrorism with a fixation on Mid-Eastern issues. John has his eyes set on the IRA division, and puts in a request to be moved because everyone knows that the IRA is inactive which will provide John with nothing to do. However, his request is being ignored. So off he heads to JFK airport to a secret facility called the Conquistador Club. There he and his team await the arrival of a prisoner being transferred from Paris. Unfortunatley, something has gone wrong with the plane, and it's currently in a No-RAD state, which means there has been no radio contact. Now John and his team are forced to chase a crazy terrorist around the US to stop him before he completes his mission.
Unlike in Plum Island, there was no lag to the beginning of this book. It just jumps right in, and I think this might have been the best beginning to a book that I have read in a long time. It had me completely entranced for at least a hundred pages before I realized what time it was. This book is split into 5 mini books, and the POV switches between John and the terrorist. It was really fascinating to see how each man was thinking throughout the book and how John was struggling to understand what was going on before it was too late. John was of course at his sarcastic best, and again I love him! He has some issues in this book regarding his new boss Kate, and it was really amusing to watch the verbal sparring.
I'll definitely read the next book that has Corey in it....more
This book was completely not interesting to me. I got about half way through it before I just gave up. There are too many books out there that I'm choThis book was completely not interesting to me. I got about half way through it before I just gave up. There are too many books out there that I'm chomping at the bit to read, I didn't want to waste my time trying to finish a book that couldn't grab my attention.
I wouldn't tell people not to read it though, because others have found this book interesting. It's up to the reader to decide....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
I usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly thI usually like Macalister's books.. but this one just didn't rub me the right way. It seemed as if she was trying too hard to be funny, and frankly the concept of the book was not that appealing. For the first few chapters I had no idea what was going on, and then once I understood I kept thinking to myself how stupid the concept was.
I liked the character of Corbin, he was funny and a charming hero. The character of Holder was pretty funny and provided the majority of the comedy in the book. But I didn't like the main character Amy. She grated on my nerves with all her financial planning crap. What a pain in the ass.
Despite my opinion of this book, it won't stop me from reading others of Macalisters. But I definitely like her series books more....more
I read this series out of order, so I was a little fuzzy on the background details of this one but it didn't really impact my enjoyment of the book. TI read this series out of order, so I was a little fuzzy on the background details of this one but it didn't really impact my enjoyment of the book. This was another quick, fluffy and heart squeezing story. I loved Clare and Sebastian together, they definitely had some major sparks going on....more
I have to say that I really loved this book. The romance aspect was so sweet, and how could anyone not like Theo is beyond me. "Mike" was a really greI have to say that I really loved this book. The romance aspect was so sweet, and how could anyone not like Theo is beyond me. "Mike" was a really great character, and I loved her relationship with her father and her brother.
Granted, the plot line slowed a bit in the middle of the book to set up the romantic element, but I liked it because I am a romance adict I suppose. So it didn't bother me, but others might find the story dragging and it might make them dislike it a bit.
I already have the next here, and I will start reading asap....more
I don't know what it is about these books with the Highland Lairds, but I'm in love with all of them. There are not that many writers that I enjoy reaI don't know what it is about these books with the Highland Lairds, but I'm in love with all of them. There are not that many writers that I enjoy reading both their contemporary romance and historical romance but Garwood is one of them. She writes both genres so well and I find myself enjoying every book I read by her.
This book was about an Englishwoman named Johanna who was widowed and being asked by her king to marry another baron. Johanna had no interest in marrying the baron and when her brother Nicholas offered her a solution she was willing to give it a try. He suggested for her to marry a Scotsman named Gabriel who is laird over two clans. Johanna isn't sure she wants to marry him but when Gabriel lays eyes on her he decides that she will not be leaving him any time soon....more
I feel like I missed something... this book was so short in comparison to the others. I liked it, but when I finished reading it I was a little confusI feel like I missed something... this book was so short in comparison to the others. I liked it, but when I finished reading it I was a little confused as to what the hell had been going on. But it won't deter me from continuing on with the series....more
So I first want to say that I love Anthony Bourdain's show on travel, No Reservations. So when I saw an episode where he mentioned his first book andSo I first want to say that I love Anthony Bourdain's show on travel, No Reservations. So when I saw an episode where he mentioned his first book and how it really started his career I was curious to read it.
Bourdain writes as he speaks, I could almost hear him saying the words as I read them. His stories were entertaining, comical and I really felt like I was there. My issue was that the book felt all over the place at times. Almost like he was ranting. Some of his paragraphs went on for far longer than they should have.
Other than that, I found his book amusing and I will probably read one of his others, Medium Raw....more
Now I know why I was a little confused. It's the fourth book in the series, and I haven't read any of the other books.
So besides my own issues with bNow I know why I was a little confused. It's the fourth book in the series, and I haven't read any of the other books.
So besides my own issues with being a little lost, I just didn't like this book. I thought that the main character was annoying and tried too hard to be sarcastic. I also wasn't really into the storyline. I'm not sure if it was just not my type of book, or if I just didn't like the author's writing style. Either way, I was not impressed and I will not be interested in reading any of the other books in this series....more