Sara's Angel was Sala's first published book, issue by the Meteor Kismet line (reissued by Silhouette). It's a similar type of story as to what you fi...moreSara's Angel was Sala's first published book, issue by the Meteor Kismet line (reissued by Silhouette). It's a similar type of story as to what you find in older Silhouette Intimate Moments books - heavy on the romance, but enough plot to give the book some meat.
I'm mostly pretty indifferent to this book. It wasn't bad, it wasn't great. It just kinda falls in between the two. The plot was okay...it had a lot of potential but for me it never quite lived up to it.
One thing to be careful about on this book is that you don't go into sugar shock because it gets overly sweet at times and I found it to be a bit of a turn-off. I particularly didn't like how Sara and Hawk couldn't talk to each other without using endearments. Darling...baby...my love...my little Wildcat. It got irritating when they couldn't address each other without using one of those terms. And calling Hawk "Darling"...well, it just didn't fit. He did not come off as the "Darling" type to me at all and I wanted to beg Sara to please stop calling him that. I've got nothing against endearments, but they were overused a bit too much in Sara's Angel.
So yeah, for me this was a take-it-or-leave-it book. (less)
Excellent book! I couldn't put it down once I started. It was one of those books that as I read, I had no idea what page number I was on because I was...moreExcellent book! I couldn't put it down once I started. It was one of those books that as I read, I had no idea what page number I was on because I was so into the story. That doesn't happen to me all that often.
After the first 2 chapters or so, I was a bit put off because the beginning is so depressing and gruesome (in mostly non-graphic way). I just wasn't expecting it to start that way.
Great overall storyline and romance though. A very engaging story. The antagonist wasn't exactly a surprise at the end, but there were a couple things at the end that were interesting and the plot was wrapped up nicely. I really enjoyed the more traditional romantic development of the story
I don't really have any major complaints. There were a couple things I could knitpick on, but nothing huge (which is why I'd give this book a 4.5 if we could give half stars).
One comment I will make...I think for readers to like this book, they probably have to be more open-minded to the various possibilities of the fiction world than not (in this case, the possibilities of mind control). I can imagine some people would read this book, roll their eyes, scoff and say "yeah, right!"(less)
Like just about every other Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall book I've read, this was a good read...but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by her. It was...moreLike just about every other Sharon Sala/Dinah McCall book I've read, this was a good read...but I wouldn't call it one of my favorites by her. It was a quick, enjoyable (if creepy) book, but it wasn't one that captured me.
Reporter January DeLena is always looking for an interesting story. So when she hears about a homeless man calling himself the Sinner who is claiming to have had a near-death experience where he didn't go to heaven, but to hell, she's intrigued. As she investigates, she becomes concerned about some of the things she hears. Something's not right. When homeless men start disappearing and another man ends up dead, she takes her concerns to D.C. detective Ben North. January has lusted after Ben since the first time she saw him, and her desires have only gotten worse since the one and only kiss the shared. So it's no hardship to her to be around him. And to her surprise, he returns the feelings. The passionate relationship quickly turns to more, but the Sinner is continuing to cause havoc. And now January is in his sights. Ben and January have to figure out who he is, what he's doing, and more important, they have to find him and stop him before it's too late.
My favorite part of this book was the romance angle. I really liked Ben and January and they had a great chemistry together. The first time they made love...that was a great scene. Very hot but very romantic. I would have liked them to have had more scenes together. Which leads to one of the things I didn't quite enjoy as much about this book - all the time spent on the antagonist and his bad deeds. There were just a lot of scenes in this book about the bad guy, a lot of scenes dealing with the things he was doing, the people involved. I didn't really need to read that much about that part of the story. Plus, the scenes were all sort of the same in a lot of ways so I kinda felt like I was reading too much of the same. The scenes could have been shorter or cut out altogether. And in return, more time could have been spent on the H/H or each character individually. Probably the individual part because I do think they lacked a little bit of depth. I wanted to know more about them.
Another thing that I can't really say I enjoyed about this book - and this is just a personal preference - was all the religion in this book. That's not to say the story was religious as in and inspirational romance, but religious in that dealt with a guy who claimed to have gone to hell and in order to go to heaven when he really died he was going do whatever necessary (in his crazy mind) to redeem himself. Which involved the guy doing various religious things, bible references, and other such stuff. Being the committed atheist that I am, I didn't really enjoy all that stuff. It's just not something that appeals to me. So that affected my liking of the book (a little bit).
But overall, this was still a good book. Sala knows how to tell a story and write an engaging romance. If you have read and enjoyed Sala/McCall before, then you'll probably like this one. Or if you just like romantic suspense, then I'd recommend this book.(less)
I saw one review that said this book was a little hokey...and I guess there is a certain hokieness to it from a certain point of view. But I absolutel...moreI saw one review that said this book was a little hokey...and I guess there is a certain hokieness to it from a certain point of view. But I absolutely LOVED this book. Once I started, I couldn't put the darn book down. It's got such a unique and interesting storyline, and the romance is wonderful.
The Healer is a story about Jonah Gray Wolf, who at about two years of age, was brought into a remote Alaskan village clinging to the fur of a female wolf. The townspeople were horrified and fascinated all at once by the bizarre oddity. Jonah was taken in by the local doctor, but it wasn't long people the people began to realize there was something strange and different about him. Aside from his unusual kinship with animals, he could also heal a person with just his touch. After some fear, they accepted him and grew to love him as one of their own. But then Jonah healed the wrong person, a man who wished to control and contain Jonah for his own selfish purposes.
To save himself and those around him, Jonah went on the run for ten years. He slept in the wild, worked when he needed money, and communed with the animals. Then one day he encountered Lucia, a woman distraught over her gravely injured dog. Jonah helps the woman, but the first time they touch, each realizes there is something special between them. Soon Jonah is settling into life with Lucia, but he knows trouble is coming. Not only is the man still after him, but someone is stalking Lucia. And all too soon, the quiet life he'd had for only a short time falls apart. He decides it's time, though, that he stood up to his troubles. Including doing anything and everything to protect Lucia, a woman he loves more than anything.
This was such a wonderful, touching book to read. I loved Jonah. He was such a fascinating selfless character. He's got this amazing gift, but he sees it at just who he is. Despite the trouble it causes him, he never turns his back on someone in need. He's just one of those truly good guys. And I loved how he talked to the animals, like they were just people. It was amusing to read at times.
I also liked how the romance in this book played out. I don't always like it when authors do the "love at first sight" thing because it often comes off kinda cheesy and unrealistic, but because of the nature of the characters in this book, it just worked for them. And it's nice to read a romance once in a while where it's just pure romance. No angsty "I love you but I don't want to love you" stuff, or break-ups and getting back together at the very end. Jonah and Lucia meet, and that's it for them. It was very sweet to read. The kind of stuff that makes you sigh and wish you were them.
And on top of all that good stuff, the storyline was interesting and rather original - with Jonah a gifted healer on the run from a man who wanted to keep him locked up so Jonah would always be available to heal him if needed. Definitely not the type of story you encounter often. Plus there was Lucia's stalker...which might have been a little superfluous, but it added some nice dimension to the story. And it was fantastic how Jonah solved that issue. Sala also surprised me near the end with the identity of one of the "bad guys." I was expecting how that played out. So kudos on that! I like being surprised!
Basically, this was just a very enjoyable read from every aspect. A great romance, great characters, a great storyline. Sure there were a few flaws, maybe, but I can't even think of what they were because I liked everything else about the book.
So this is a good book to read if you love romance, animals, can suspend "reality" for a little bit, and like interesting storylines - or if you are a fan of Sala's books.(less)
I have to preface this by saying that my blah opinion of this book is probably a lot to do with it being time-travel. I just don't like time-travel bo...moreI have to preface this by saying that my blah opinion of this book is probably a lot to do with it being time-travel. I just don't like time-travel books, at all.
Odd book. And honestly, though I didn't hate it, it bored me most of the time. I was glad to finish it so I could move on and read something more interesting.
I'm not saying it was an utterly horrible book. It's more like...the phrase "lost in translation" comes to mind. Something got lost in translation between McCall's concept of this book and the final product. I understand what she was trying to convey, but when I finished, the message was garbled, so to speak. I just wasn't buying into the story she was telling.
It didn't work for me that the entire romance between Amanda and Jefferson was based on her interactions with Nokose, and at the very end, when she and Jefferson were cuddling up together for happily-ever-after, the two had hardly spent any time together at all. I know the whole point is "soulmates" and "lovers across time" but like I said, it just didn't work for me in the way she told it.
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)
"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)
**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)
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)