I have to admit, I was disappointed in this book, and this series overall. I've read so many Sharon Sala books that I've loved, but this series fell s...moreI have to admit, I was disappointed in this book, and this series overall. I've read so many Sharon Sala books that I've loved, but this series fell short of delivering what I expect from her.
Series Note: Third and last book in Sala's “The Searchers” trilogy about 3 sisters who find out they aren't really sisters and come from terrible backgrounds so they travel to find answers to who they are. It's not particularly necessary to read the books in order.
Summary: Holly Slade is the last of her 3 sisters to leave home to find out answers to who she really is after learning from her father's will that she's not really Holly Slade, but instead Harriet Mackey, who was taken in by Andrew Slade after her mother feared her father was a terrible serial killer named The Hunter. She's hesitant to search from answers, fearing what she would find. And she's also hesitant to leave her home, and the man she secretly love, Bud Tate.
But she eventually does leave, traveling to St. Louis, Missouri to find out if her past is as terrible as she suspects. Holly's search for answers leads her to some grim truths, but they become a little easier to handle when Bud joins her in St Louis and the two finally admit their feelings for each other. Unfortunately, after years of not killing, The Hunter is on the hunt again, and Holly's life and her future happiness with Bud are in serious jeopardy.
Review: Sharon Sala's books almost always tend to engage me. They're so well written, emotionally satisfying, and just overall great books to read. But this book (and the series) didn't make the cut for me. When I finished each one, I didn't really feel satisfied.
The romance in this book felt flat. Holly and Bud have secretly loved each other for years. Bud is about 14 years older than Holly and was waiting for her to be old enough, and Holly never thought Bud would have those feelings for her. Lots of potential for some angsty romance, but after a bit of fumbling around for the first chunk of pages, these two admit their feelings and then there is absolutely no romantic conflict between them for the rest of the book. That's not really what I'm looking for in a romance book. Generally the whole point of a romance book is the sometimes long-winding road the H/H take to get to the HEA, with all its twist and turns and broken hearts. But not in this book. Before you're even halfway through the book the two are settled into an HEA relationship. It took some of the oomph out of the story and definitely caused a lack of romantic tension. That didn't work for me.
Then there's the suspense plot...I didn't mind it. It had a lot of potential to be a really great suspense plot, and there were some good scenes and nice tension at times. But it was also a bit oversimplified. I guess maybe because I'm a huge romantic suspense fan I'm a bit overcritical and prefer an in-depth suspense plot. This was a simple plot with everything moving along quickly with few problem and twists and turns. I didn't mind reading it, liked it to a point, but it didn't entirely hook me.
One of the most disappointing aspects of this series, for me, was a underplayed connection between the sisters. They are supposed to be super close, best friends along with being sisters. Yet as you read these three stories, it feels like they are simply sisters. They go off on their journeys and hardly keep in touch, only calling each other when something bad happens to one of them. It just came off really weird and made the connection between the three books rather weak. I wanted a deeper development when it came to the relationship between these three characters.
I also felt the wrap-up, on the series whole, was a bit weak. Not that it left any plot lines unanswered. You do find out the whole story for each sister, but you're left wondering somewhat about where things will go from there with them. I mentioned in my review for book 1 that you don't get any answers as to where Maria and Bodie plan to settle, what they'll do with their lives. That's still not explicitly answered. And it seems like the other two sisters will remain in their home area. But where are they all going to live? What are they going to do? I wanted something more solid to let me know what these characters plans were.
I wouldn't say this was a bad series or that any of the books were particularly bad...I think some readers would love them. But there were just some things missing for me that took away from each book and the series as a whole.(less)
I generally enjoy Sharon Sala's books. They're easy reads that entertain. I did enjoy this one, but not anywhere near as much as some o...moreRating: 3.5 / 5
I generally enjoy Sharon Sala's books. They're easy reads that entertain. I did enjoy this one, but not anywhere near as much as some of her other books.
Series Note: First book in Sala's new "The Searchers" trilogy.
Summary: Maria Slade grew up with 2 wonderful sisters and a loving father. So it comes as a shock after father dies and the will is read that she finds out her father was not really her father. He took her in and secreted her away at her mother's request as she lay dying by a murderer's hand.
Maria can't believe it. She has no memory of those early years of her life. She's blocked it all out. But now that she knows she's determined to get some answers about what happened to her mother. So she returns to Tulsa, Oklahoma to find out who her mother was and if her murderer was ever caught.
In the process, she meets cop Bodie Scott who is intrigued by her mother's case. And when Maria's life becomes threatened because of her digging, he's determined to protect her and help her find the truth. As the two get to know each other, they can't help falling in love.
Review: This book gives you pretty much what you expect from a Sharon Sala romance. It's a bit sweet, a little heart wrenching at times, and uplifting at others. The characters are likable, and the story very readable. The suspense is interesting, but not all that in depth (like the type of story you get from the more hardcore romantic suspense writers).
The concept of the series is interesting...three sisters who find out they aren't really who they thought they were after their father dies. Each discovers they come from sketchy backgrounds that leave them wanting answers. It's an intriguing premise. And Sala mostly delivers. The story isn't perfect though.
There were a couple things I wished had been done better. * the story was way too simplistic and everything moved along way too smoothly. Everything moves in a straight line from point A to B to C, etc. There aren't enough detours and twists and turns to give the suspense plot some meatiness. Everything worked out too easily. There needed to be some more messiness and complication.
* there was something a little off between how the relationship between the sisters is portrayed throughout the book. For 3 sisters who are said to be super close and going through a serious emotional upheaval, they sure don't talk to each other very much.
* and this one bugged me the most. The ending doesn't really give you a solid wrap up. It leaves you wondering about some things. Maria has a life in Montana, a job and all that. But she goes to Tulsa and falls in love with a Tulsa cop. Yet when the story ends, you have no idea what these two plan to do about their separate lives. Is Maria moving or is he? And that drove me nuts. The romantic resolution is rather incomplete when you have no idea how the H/H plan to join their lives.
So those 3 things kept me from loving the book. But I still liked it. Sala rarely writes a book that I don't enjoy on some level or another. I look forward to the rest of this series to find out more about the sisters and the secrets of their pasts.(less)
I've been curious as to how this story would play out after reading the first two books in this series, which delivered the build-up. I think Sala did...moreI've been curious as to how this story would play out after reading the first two books in this series, which delivered the build-up. I think Sala did a pretty good job with the story. It wasn't quite what I wanted, but I still liked it a lot.
Series Note: Third book in Sala's "Storm Front" trilogy. The three books are tied together by a common event - a tornado going through town - but I think it may be possible to read them independently.
Summary: Amalie Pope only recently barely survived a school shooting where she taught and afterward decided to return to her hometown of Bordelaise, Louisiana in hopes of putting it all behind her and conquering her PTSD. But shortly after arriving at the house her grandmother left her, a tornado strikes, knocking a huge tree limb on her car and leaving her stranded.
To make matters worse, four prisoners have escaped from the local jail due to the storm damage and end up taking Amalie hostage and using her house as a safe haven until they can get out of town. What Amalie doesn't know is that one of the prisoners, Nick Aroyo, is really an undercover DEA agent. Nick hates what is happening to Amalie, but he's stuck in the situation. Even though he can't change anything, he'll make sure Amalie isn't harmed. But in the process, the two end up falling in love.
Review: The premise for this book has been building since the first book in the trilogy and through the second where you learn about the four prisoners and the debate over whether they escaped or were killed by the tornado. So it was great to finally get to read the whole story there.
I really liked Amalie in this story. Poor woman's been through hell, first being shot at a graduation night school shooting, then a tornado, then being held hostage by four prisoners. She shows a lot of guts in this story, persevering through it all. She starts off a little meek but by the end she's got a set of brass balls and really shows how strong she is. I liked her a lot. And Nick is great, too. His dedication to keeping Amalie safe and the romance that develops between them is sweet. He seemed like an all-around good guy. And I also liked that the romance was more prominent in this book. Of the three books of this trilogy, I think this one had the best balance between romance and suspense.
The plot was fairly good. It's perhaps not the most original - escape prisoners holding a woman hostage, woman falling for one of the guys holding her hostage who is really an undercover agent. It struck me as a bit common, but throw in a tornado, the southern bayou ambiance and it was a story that worked.
Even so, I kinda wished more time had been spent on Amalie surviving a school shooting and her recover - physically and emotionally from that. That's such a huge, emotional thing and I just wanted more of that aspect of the story. Instead, the escape prisoner/hostage thing took over the story and shoved Amalie's recovery to the side. I was disappointed in that. Which is really the only big criticism I had of the story.
This was a good trilogy from Sharon Sala. I did wish the stories were more connected on a character level - really, the only tie-in is the town and the tornado - because the felt a bit too separate in certain ways. But I liked the series. Sala is a good storyteller and almost never fails to suck me into her books.(less)
Man, what a brutally disturbing book. I literally HAD to keep reading, HAD to get to the HEA before I could even think of stopping. I H...moreRating: 4.5 / 5
Man, what a brutally disturbing book. I literally HAD to keep reading, HAD to get to the HEA before I could even think of stopping. I HAD to have the happy thoughts from the ending in my head before I went to sleep. That's how disturbing this story is.
Series Note: Second book in Sala's "Storm Front" series about a small Louisiana town that is rocked by a tornado. This book can probably be read as a standalone despite the fact that all three books are connected by a single event.
Summary: Katie Earle is in the church kitchen, her son playing out on the playground with friends when the tornado siren went off. By the time the chaos slows, young Bobby Earle is nowhere to be found. At first, everyone, including Katie believe Bobby was sucked up and killed by the tornado, but then a report surfaces leading them to believe her was abducted just before the tornado.
The initial suspect is Katie's estranged husband and Bobby's father, J.R. Earle. But before long, he's cleared and they begin to fear the worst, the Bobby is in the hands of a predator. As Katie and J.R. frantically search for their son, they also realize their problems mean nothing. All that matters is finding Bobby and putting their family back together once and for all.
Review: This story is just so disturbing since it is all about a little seven year old boy who is kidnapped by a child molester. And Sala doesn't keep things vague. She dives right into the heart of this story and gives you not only the POVs for the devastated parents - Katie's initial agony and mental breakdown, J.R.s heartbreak when he finds out - but you also get up close and personal POVs for the kidnapper and little Bobby.
It's a truly disturbing look into the mind of someone who would kidnap a child for sexual purposes, and it breaks your heart to read Bobby's scenes. And the scary part is, is that it could have been much much worse. Everything that happened once the kidnapper had Bobby was pretty mild. Bobby is never actually molested...circumstances prevent it. So yeah, things could have been so much worse.
Once I got going on this story last night, I just had to keep reading. I didn't want to go to bed with the thought in my head that poor Bobby was still tied up in that bastards home. So I had to keep reading till the end, till Bobby was home with his family and J.R. and Katie were back together. I wanted the happy thoughts in my head, not the disturbing ones. That how chilling this story was for me.
Now, aside from all that, I'm a little unsure how to rate this book. I'm a romance reader and this book is labeled as a romantic suspense. But really, this is Bobby's story. The story of his kidnapping and the devastation it caused his parents. The romance is a small element and very much a sidenote. And that was a little disappointing, but honestly, I'm not sure the story could have been done in any other way. Plus, it was just such a powerful story that kept me reading and tore my heart out, I can't really fault Sala for how she wrote the book.
On a series note, I did feel like there were some inconsistencies between this book and the first one. And like the first book, I wish the book-to-book connection was stronger. Those are really the only two complaints I had about this book. I'm sure there was other stuff, but this story was just so disturbing and emotional that it overwhelmed any other faults it might have had.
Those of you looking for romance probably won't get what you're looking for in this book. But if you want to read a story with a little bit of romance and a storyline that tears your heart out then rips it to pieces before giving you a happy ending, then maybe you want to give this one a try.
WARNING, this book contains: a storyline about a little boy being kidnapped by a child molester...the boy is never actually molested but you get a first hand look at the kidnapper's sick, twisted thoughts, and the poor boy's fear as he's held captive.(less)
Solid book from Sharon Sala. Like most of her books, it's very readable and engaging, very emotional. It's not perfect, but I enjoyed it a lot. Read i...moreSolid book from Sharon Sala. Like most of her books, it's very readable and engaging, very emotional. It's not perfect, but I enjoyed it a lot. Read it in about a day.
Series Note: This is the first book in Sala's new "Storm Front" trilogy.
Summary: Carolina "Cari" North is a popular mystery writer who lives with her elderly parents in Bordelaise, Louisiana. While she's out walking one day, she spies her neighbor and ex-fiance, Lance, burying a body. Cari runs, and just as she is nears her family home, a hurricane-spawned tornado tears through the farm, destroying everything in its path. Her mother, her father, her cousin, Susan, her dog, and her home - all gone.
Disoriented, grieving, and suffering from serious injuries herself, Cari knows Lance will be coming after her. So she hatches a plan to assume her look-alike cousins identity until she can figure out what to do. But the moment Susan's boss, Mike Boudreaux, sees Cari, he knows she not Susan. Cari confides in him and Mike agrees to help her. Neither imagined that in the process, they'd fall in love. First, they must figure out who Lance murdered and where the body is buried.
Review: This book is brutally sad at times. There were a number of times when I got teary-eyed...as Cari finds her family dead, the grief she goes through all throughout the book. It was just so damn sad. And not in an out-of-proportion kind of way. It fit the context of the story...didn't stop it from being sad, though. So don't read this book at a time when you're looking for something overall happy and upbeat (though there definitely is a nice HEA).
I liked the book, though. Sala is a great storyteller, in my opinion, and I almost always find her books very readable and engaging. This book tells an interesting and unique tale. Its called a romantic suspense, but I'd consider it more of a contemporary romance with a suspense plot on the side. The suspense isn't very intense and it's the romance and the character drama that dominates the story.
Which I didn't mind at all. I love this type of story...a very solid contemporary romance, very emotional, and a bit of a suspense plot to add some mild-to-moderate intensity. It worked for me on all levels.
It helped that I enjoyed the characters and romance as well. Cari is a strong, sweet girl, and Mike is one of those heroes that seems almost perfect in every way. One of those guys that you read about and think - where can I get one of those? The romance is good...not great, but solidly good. I'm not sure why it didn't make it to great...there was a little something missing to push it from good to great. I think maybe how easily the romance went. Very quick, little angst. It took some of the romantic tension out of the story.
As mentioned in some other reviews I read, there is a plausibility issue at work with the book. I wasn't all that bothered by it. The way things happened are a bit far-fetched, but I didn't find it to be too much. I did think Cari's actions were a bit weird and illogical, but in situations like she was in, people often do bizarre stuff. So I wasn't really bothered by it.
One last comment...this is the first book in the new trilogy. I believe the next two books will deal with 1) a missing child in Bordelaise, and 2) a group of escape convicts (one of which is an undercover agent). As I was reading and as I finished, I kinda wished Sala had set up the rest of the trilogy a bit better. Usually when you have a trilogy, the first book gives you an idea of who the future H/H's will be and possibly the storylines. But in this one, there's little setup. There's no summary yet anywhere for the next book, and this one really gives you no idea who the H/Hs will be. I don't particularly like that. And it really knocks down your anticipation of the next book.
Still a good book, though. And even though I have no idea what the next book will be about, I will definitely buy it and read it as soon as possible. (less)
I didn't realize until after I bought this book and started to read it that it was a reissue of an older Dinah McCall book (now put out...moreRating: 3.5 / 5
I didn't realize until after I bought this book and started to read it that it was a reissue of an older Dinah McCall book (now put out in the author's real name, Sharon Sala). I had thought it was a new release from Sala, but luckily, it was a McCall book I didn't have yet so I didn't mind. It was a fairly good book, but not one of my Sala/McCall favorites.
Years ago, a feud between families led to a terrible bloodbath near Pulpit Rock in Camarune, Kentucky. Young lovers Turner Blair and Fancy Joslin had planned to run away together, get married and raise the baby she was carrying. But by the end of the night, most of the members of the Blair family were dead or missing, and in her last dying breath, Fancy pleaded with local widow/suspected-witch, Annie Fane, to take her baby and get her as far away as possible. Annie complied and left town that night with baby Catherine, never to return again.
Years have passed and now Catherine Fane is returning to Camarune with her "grandmother's" remains, to bury her beside her late husband. Catherine is reeling not only from her grannie's death, but also from the story she was told by Annie on her deathbed, the story of what happened at Pulpit Rock. Catherine can't believe the truth of her beginnings.
And she can't believe how badly she's treated once arriving in Camarune. The locals think she must be a witch since they all believed her grannie was one. She's heckled, shunned, and attacked. But she has the support of local sheriff Luke DePriest, who is instantly smitten with Catherine. He offers his support and manages to win her heart. But there are secrets in Camarune. Secrets that are determined to come out.
My main comment about this book is that I wish it had been longer. It's only 312 pages and I thought it could have been about 100 pages longer. I wanted there to be more done with the revelations of what happened in the past, more about Turner, more with the reunion at the end. The story just felt a little incomplete to me.
It's also probably more than a little implausible. A lot of weird events happening together, things falling to perfectly, etc. The story was just a bit to perfectly manipulated to seem logical and possible. But that didn't bother me that much. It's fiction, after all, and anything is possible.
On the romance front, it was a pretty sweet story, but I can't say I was overly attached to it, or to Luke or Catherine. They were just nice to read about, and gave some fluffy-bunny feelings, but overall came off as unremarkable to me.
The book, for me, was pretty average, a little above average. Definitely not bad, but I've read McCall/Sala books that I liked much more. However, if you want a nice romance to read, or are a McCall/Sala fan, then this one is probably worth reading.(less)
Another solid book from author Sharon Sala. I was hooked right from the start. The Warrior is a very vibrant and emotional tale that had me reading ev...moreAnother solid book from author Sharon Sala. I was hooked right from the start. The Warrior is a very vibrant and emotional tale that had me reading even when I had other things to do.
The story begins with a prologue that takes place 500 years earlier. Night Walker is a second chief to his tribe, which sits on the Georgia coastline. He knows something bad is coming, he feels it. Then a greedy, heartless explorer arrives and he and his men slaughter the entire tribe, including Night Walker's beloved wife, White Fawn. Night Walker is the only one to survive. In his raging grief, he vows revenge on the man responsible, and the Old Ones oblige. He will live forever in a state of stasis until he is able to kill the soul of the one he hates.
And since that time, Night Walker, who now goes by John Nightwalker, has roamed the earth searching for the reincarnation of the soul he seeks. He's come close, but never been able to kill him. Then one day he rescues a woman in danger and the clenching sickness in his gut tells him she is somehow connected to the evil soul he has to kill.
Alicia Ponte lived a privileged life, but when she finds out her father has been providing arms to terrorist, she runs away, horrified at what she now knows. When her father finds out she knows, he'll do anything to stop her from talking. If it hadn't been for John's rescue, she would have been a goner. She's grateful for his help, and strongly attracted to the enigmatic Native American. Even when she finds out that he has his own plans for her father, she sticks with him, knowing she needs all the help she can get to survive. But as the two spend time together, John's need for revenge is blurred by the growing bond between him and Alicia. Would she believe him if he told her the truth about his life? And even if he did, would they be able to have a future together?
The best thing about this book, to me, was the characters. With all the detail and the emotions, they came to life on the page. John wasn't perfect (no man person is) but I really felt for him as I was reading this story. He had such pain in him over what happened to his tribe, and the loneliness he suffered, missing his wife and past life. It was hard not to suffer right alone with him. I liked Alicia, too, but not as much as John.
At times the story is a bit sad and morose because of all that. The prologue is enough to bring a tear or two to your eyes. Then there are flashbacks and nightmares, and John's emotions about what he's been through. It made the book a little depressing at times, but the vibrancy of it all also made the story all the more real.
The suspense plot is on the basic side, but I liked what Sala did with the bad guys actions near the end. That shark thing...*shudder*...very creative. So while this book wasn't very complicated or intense in the area of the suspense plot, it wasn't a big deal because this book was about the story as a whole...the characters, the emotions, the relationship, etc. When it all came together, it made a solid, interesting story that I really enjoyed reading.
Even saying all that good stuff, the book did falter a little bit for me in the second half. Mostly in the relationship aspect, and I think it was because the trust between the two characters was very frail. There was love between them, but the trust wasn't entirely there. As crazy as John's story was, I wished Alicia was a little more open to possibility and showed more belief in him. It was kind of a turn off when she'd think to her self that she didn't care that he was crazy as a loon; she loved him anyway. Even at the end of the book, there's no clear sense of whether Alicia accepts his history. She should, given what's happened, but there's no reconciliation moment on that issue. I really wanted her to tell him she was sorry for doubting him. But the book ended leaving that issue a little up in the air. Which all in all left the relationship angle of the book feeling a little off for me.
Still, this was a very enjoyable book to read. Not surprising, though. Sala knows how to tell a great story. I think I've only read one book by her that I didn't really care for. So liking this one wasn't a surprise, and I think other fans of Sala will enjoy it as well.(less)
Ever since reading the other 2 Cat Dupree books (Nine Lives and Cut Throat), I've been anxiously awaiting this book. Actually, when I finished Cut Thr...moreEver since reading the other 2 Cat Dupree books (Nine Lives and Cut Throat), I've been anxiously awaiting this book. Actually, when I finished Cut Throat, I was a bit disappointed because the ending was not very satisfying and I thought that was the end of Cat and Wilson. But then I saw that there was a 3rd book to come out featuring the two, and felt immensely relieved because even after 2 books, the story of Cat and Wilson didn't feel finished. Bad Penny rectifies all that and left me with a happy, satisfied feeling.
In order for this book to make sense, you really need to have read the other 2 books in the series. They are very closely tied together - with a 3 book romance and continuing storylines - and many things will be confusing if you jump in on the 3rd book.
Bad Penny concludes the saga of tragic heroine bounty hunter Cat Dupree and fellow bounty hunter Wilson McKay. At the end of Cut Throat, things are left a bit open ended (I won't say why so as not to spoil anyone) and this book picks up a short time after the last one ended. Cat and Wilson are settling into life together, but it seems like bad things keep happening to them...Cat has about the worst luck of any character I've ever read. But to make things worse, events from both their pasts come back to haunt them. A deranged druggie is intent on killing Wilson, and the Mexican police want to question Cat regarding the death of Soloman Tutuola - the man who murdered her father and cut her throat when she was just thirteen. And it seems like the happy future they are planning is going to fall completely apart. But neither will go down without a fight. They'll do anything to save their future together.
One of the things I loved about this book is that it almost has the feel of a really long, involved epilogue to the previous two books. Cat and Wilson are settled into their relationship, ready to move on to the next step and you get to read about their plans and their happiness. There's no angsty break-ups, fighting their feelings and whatnot. Their relationship in this book is just all about moving on to the future. And finally putting the past behind them - which means wrapping up the loose ends of the man who wants to kill Wilson, and Cat finally putting Soloman Tutuola behind her.
Cut Throat left readers feeling like there was a lot left undone, but Bad Penny solves all that. Any dissatisfaction I had with how book 2 ended was completely negated. And I enjoyed the flow of this book a lot. It's got its happy moments, its sad moments, its tense moments. I will say that Cat has to be the the biggest magnet for trouble ever. Bad things are constantly happening to her, especially in this book. And I did shake my head a little at the somewhat ridiculousness of it because it seems a bit unrealistic for someone to encounter that many problems, but at the same time, it was very fitting for her character. Plus is made the happy ending all that much sweeter.
I really don't have anything bad to say about this book. It had a fabulous romance. I loved Cat and Wilson, hated the fact that the book ended and this was last of them. It also had a good, engaging storyline that completely wrapped up any loose end from the series. And it left me smiling when I finished. What more could a romance reader ask for?
So for those of you who have read the other Cat Dupree books, I DEFINITELY recommend reading this one. And if you haven't read them, then go buy them and read the whole series! But if you do, don't be put off by the lack of a solid HEA in the first two, because Sala comes through in the end with the third book. And it was well worth the wait!(less)
**spoiler alert** I was tempted to give this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed it, but there was a thing near the end that bugged me, along with a...more**spoiler alert** I was tempted to give this book 5 stars because I really enjoyed it, but there was a thing near the end that bugged me, along with a few other small details.
The big issue I had was how the antagonist died. I don't care that he died...he deserved it. It was the how. Mike shoots him as Wilson is on the run. The guy drops and is pretty much probably going to die within minutes. He's not doing anything but laying there dying, yet Mike goes up to him, puts the barrel of the gun at his chest, and pulls the trigger. WTF? If that happened in real-life, or a cop did that, there'd be outrage and probably charges filed. Sure the guy was evil, but to just go up and blow him away when he's already down for the count? It didn't work for me.
The other gripe I had was that McCall left out a lot of small background details that I really wanted to know. She tells you that Evan's wife died a few years ago, but never says how she died. Mike had two previous failed marriages, but you don't learn any more than that. I wanted to know these things! It gives the characters so much more depth.
But despite those things above, this was overall a good book. It was another one where I never paid attention to what page I was on because the story kept me hooked. I loved the characters and hated to see the book end. The romance is a bit on the quiet side, but it was sweet and more heart-warming than passionate.
Sala/McCall fans will probably enjoy this book.(less)
"The Perfect Lie" probably wouldn't qualify as one of my favorite McCall/Sala reads, but I enjoyed it. The storyline was perfectly suited to the title...more"The Perfect Lie" probably wouldn't qualify as one of my favorite McCall/Sala reads, but I enjoyed it. The storyline was perfectly suited to the title. It all tumbled down from one well-placed lie. I liked Jonah and Macie, and liked how Jonah dealt with discovering he had a son.
My quibbles with the book...some of the things dealing with one of the antagonists were questionable. There were bits that just didn't work...but I won't say what so I don't spoil anyone. The romantic development also came across a bit weak to me. Jonah's feelings were a little too sudden to become all-encompassing.
But overall, worth reading, as McCall/Sala's books usually are.(less)
A pretty typical Dinah McCall book. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it as I did "Storm Warning." The romance was good; it had a more traditional develop...moreA pretty typical Dinah McCall book. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it as I did "Storm Warning." The romance was good; it had a more traditional development than the angsty "I don't love you, I just want to screw you" feel that so many romance books have. The plot wasn't all that suspenseful in that you knew what exactly was going on. It was mostly a matter of how it would be resolved in the end.
I had tears in my eyes at the beginning of the book because of what happened. And what happened to John and its effect on Jake had me sad throughout the story. I just wanted to give Jake a big hug.
If you like McCall's other books, then you'll probably enjoy this one.(less)