Good book...I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. More so than I did "Shadow Dance" and maybe a smidge more than "Slow Burn".
Solid storyline...moreGood book...I didn't LOVE it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. More so than I did "Shadow Dance" and maybe a smidge more than "Slow Burn".
Solid storyline, fairly good romance and characters - I LOVED John Paul - and it kept me wanting to keep reading. I was rather surprised at who one of the antagonists was...though looking back there were clues, I just wasn't expecting it. Which is cool. I'm not often surprised by that kind of thing. There were a couple of details I thought were neglected, but they didn't kill the story.
I'm quite looking forward to reading the next book in the unofficial set, Killjoy, which features John Paul. He's a fascinating character and I can't wait to see how things play out for him.(less)
A short, but very sweet moderately erotic romance. I enjoyed it.
Series Note: First book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 hot brothers finding...moreA short, but very sweet moderately erotic romance. I enjoyed it.
Series Note: First book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 hot brothers finding love in the small town of Petal, Georgia.
Summary: Maggie Wright had a terribly childhood, with a mother who treated her like dirt and an older sister who was cherished. Because of that, Maggie has deep insecurities. But things are about to change. After a contemptuous run in with local hottie Shane Chase at a bar leads to a couple dates, Maggie is soaring high, then crashes down when Shane leaves her hanging.
Then Shane's equally hot brother Kyle shows interest in her. Maggie is shocked that not one, but two, of the Chase brothers have pursued her. She's wary of being burned again, but Kyle is persistent and eventually she gives in. And finds love in an unlikely place. But Maggie's life is in danger because of a sick stalker and Kyle could lose the woman he loves before they even have a chance to build a future.
Review: I actually read this book in ebook format years ago, when these "naughty" romances were just starting to take off. I never got around to adding it to GR, or to reading the other books in the series. But I wanted to read them and decided to reread this first book. Which was a good idea since I didn't really remember a lot of what happened.
This is a nice, sweet story though. The kind that gives you little sighs of happiness because of the sweetness. Is it the most original story out there? Not really. Four hot brothers, a mousy heroine with self esteem issues who gets a minor makeover and then dates two of the hotties, toss in a stalker and yeah, things are a bit predictable. Ask me if I care? (Cuz I didn't).
I just enjoyed the whole vibe of the story. It's just a simple, sweet romance and sometimes those are so nice to read. I really liked Maggie. She's terribly insecure because of the way her mother and sister treated her all her life. Is it cheesy that she got a minor makeover? I didn't think so. I mean, she's a girl whose learned to hide herself because of years of emotional and verbal abuse and her friends finally get her to open up and see how beautiful she is without hiding behind big bulky clothes and her hair in a bun. I thought it was fitting, not cliched.
Then there's Kyle. What a sweetheart. He was so sweet to Maggie. I loved reading these two together. It's what romance should be about. And his family was great (despite Shane's dickheadedness). I enjoyed reading about Maggie finally finding a place to fit in and be loved.
There's some nice steaminess too. Nothing too terribly out there, just some explicit language about sex but no kink factor. So if you just want some hot sex without the kink, this should work for you.
I will say, though, that writing isn't exactly the best. It's a bit choppy and lacking the smooth readability I like in books. This is one of Dane's earlier stories and I definitely think it shows. I've read a handful of her books (love her Brown Siblings series) and her writing has definitely grown since she wrote this book. So if you read this book and find the writing a little subpar and debate whether to read Dane again, just keep in mind that her writing does get a lot better.
Can't wait to read about the next Chase Brother falling in love!
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit language and sex, but all fairly basic, no kink. Oh, and some violence and an attempted rape.(less)
I didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I enjoyed the first two books in the series. I didn't dislike it but it came up a bit flat for me.
Series Not...moreI didn't enjoy this one nearly as much as I enjoyed the first two books in the series. I didn't dislike it but it came up a bit flat for me.
Series Note: Third book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 sexy brothers in small-town Petal, Georgia and the women they fall in love with. Can you read this as a standalone? Eh, probably, but this is the kind of series, with its connected characters and running stories that should be read in order.
Summary: Marc Chase has been a skirt-chaser most of his life. Not in a disrespectful way, but he's just been a lover of women. But now he's ready to settle down like his brothers Kyle and Shane. And he's beginning to realize that long-time friend Liv Davis is just the woman he's looking for.
Liv has been attracted to Marc, but she can't believe that's he's serious about her. He's always been a good-time guy, never sticking with one woman more than a couple weeks. And she's ready to settle down with Mr Right. Marc will have a long road ahead of him to convince Liv that HE is Mr Right.
Review: It seems like everyone loved this book, but I have to admit that it didn't entirely work for me. I didn't hate it in any way, but I didn't find it nearly as good as the first two books in this series.
I didn't feel like this one had nearly the depth and meat to the story as the first two. The story came off as a bit one-track and repetitive for me. It seemed like all that happened was going around and around the same issue.
The main issue in the story is that Marc has fallen in love with Liv and wants to get serious with her, but Liv doesn't believe him. She is ready to settle down with her Mr Right and doesn't see how Marc couldn't possibly be ready for that. And then the entire book revolves around that issue, with Marc doing his damnedest to convince her and Liv constantly thinking about how Marc isn't for her and it's just a fling. I just thought it got really repetitive, reading the same thoughts, actions, etc over and over. There wasn't anything to break up the monotony of it. The other two books had other things going on that gave the story some variety and depth, but this one was very one-dimensional. And for me, it kept it from being as interesting.
But like the first two book, the hero is great. All the Chase brothers are fantastic heroes. Sweet guys, with a Alpha tendencies. I enjoyed Marc. I did perhaps find it a little hard to believe that he just suddenly decides its time to settle down and realizes that the woman he wants is Liv, someone he's know for ages. I'm always a little suspicious of storylines where people who have been friends for a while suddenly fall in love. But that's just me. And as for Liv...I liked her in the first two books, but something about her in this one annoyed me more than a few times. She was a bit neurotic and judgmental.
It's still a sweetly romantic story and I see that a lot of people enjoyed it. I did to an extent but just not as much as the first two books. I think it could have been a much more interesting story. Still a good series, though.
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit sex & explicit language, but nothing over the top.(less)
Like the first book in the series, this one is sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.
Series Note: Second book in Dane's "...moreLike the first book in the series, this one is sweet and heartwarming. I enjoyed it just as much as the first book.
Series Note: Second book in Dane's "Chase Brothers" series about 4 sexy brothers in small-town Petal, Georgia who find love.
Summary: After barely surviving an abusive marriage, Carly changes her name to Cassie Gambol and moves to Georgia to start her life over and to hide from her ex. All she wants is to find some peace and stability. But from the moment she arrives in town, things don't go as planned. She is rear ended by an eccentric older woman and in turn meets the woman's sheriff son.
Shane Chase is exactly the kind of man Cassie wants to stay away from. Big, dominant, arrogant. But as Shane works to win her over, she begins to realize that he is nothing at all like her abusive ex. Slowly, she allows Shane into her life and finds love where she least expected it. But with the specter of her ex still hanging over her head, Cassie and Shane's future is far from a sure thing.
Review: It seems a little weird to say a book about an abused heroine is heartwarming, but this one is. I guess because the book isn't exactly about the abuse she suffered, and being almost murdered, but about how she moves on with her life, picks up the pieces and finds herself again, and in the process meets a wonderful man. That's heartwarming.
Cassie is such a strong character. To have gone through what she did and to try to put her life back together again. You couldn't help but like her. I thought Dane did a great job with her character, showing how she grew and changed and managed to put what happened behind her as best she could. There were times I thought maybe Cassie was a bit to sensitive, jumping at Chase for things that we might see as silly, but at the same time, unless we've been in Cassie's situation (which thankfully I haven't) we don't know how we'd react to something so seemingly simple.
I was a bit surprised that Shane was the second brother feature in this series. After the way he was introduced in the first book (in a not altogether good light) I thought Dane would leave him for last, develop the love-shy mystique some more. But I liked what she did with Shane. He turned out to be a good guy.
And of course the Chase family is fun to read about. We should all be lucky to have family's that great! I really enjoy reading about the camaraderie between the 4 brothers. They've got a great relationship and it's fun to read.
Then there's the suspense aspect which predictably is about Cassie's ex finding her and resolving that storyline once and for all. Nothing terribly original and all that but Dane did a good job with it and I'm glad Cassie finally got peace.
Like the first book, the writing in this one isn't super great. It's still obvious that this is one of Dane's earlier books because her writing has gotten much smoother since. It's not terribly but just a bit choppy at times. And there are a few editing issues. They didn't bother me too much.
I enjoying this series, though. Very sweet and romantic. And hey, what's not to like about 4 hot brothers finding love?
WARNING, this book contains: some explicit language and sex, no kink, and some violence. (less)
**spoiler alert** I'm surprised that the average rating of this book is 4.00 (out of 6 votes). Generally I like Robards's books, but this one...UGH!
Fo...more**spoiler alert** I'm surprised that the average rating of this book is 4.00 (out of 6 votes). Generally I like Robards's books, but this one...UGH!
For one thing, it used my least favorite plot device: stranded in the wilderness. And secondly...I couldn't stand the characters! The plot was better than average, I guess, but the characters...yikes!
Normally I don't mind dominant alpha male heroes, but Sam was an arrogant, domineering, nasty bastard. Some of the things he said and did were just wrong. And Lisa, I had absolutely no respect for her whatsoever. I wanted to yank my hair out when I read the scenes where Sam's just said some particularly awful things to Lisa, then comes on to her and she practically just falls at his feet in supplication. I was offended for women everywhere. When they started saying they loved each other, I rolled my eyes.
It takes a lot for a book to really annoy me, but this one did it. The attitudes of the characters were more suited to some types of historicals...which I suppose makes sense considering this was Robards' first contemporary foray after writing a number of historicals. Knowing that doesn't make me like it any more.
I was glad to finish the book. It left a bad taste in my mouth.(less)
I enjoyed this book to a certain extent. I think you can definitely tell, though, that it is one of Robards early romantic suspense no...moreRating - 3.5 / 5
I enjoyed this book to a certain extent. I think you can definitely tell, though, that it is one of Robards early romantic suspense novels. It doesn't have the polish and solid romance that her later books have.
The book focuses mostly on the character of Clara, a romance writer who suddenly finds her life in danger because some Russian bad guys think she knows where CIA agent Jack McClain is hiding. Clara had never heard of Jack, let alone met him, until after the Russians busted into her house. Then she finds herself on the run with him. And like most "on-the-run" type romance stories, the two end up having sex and later professing their feelings.
So the storyline is rather predictable. It's also on the ridiculous and unrealistic side of things. But it was still mostly fun to read. I loved Puff the cat. He was freakin' hilarious.
The romance was so-so. A lot of the time, Jack was almost an anti-hero. Not really a Gamma like Anne Stuart's ICE heroes, but he wasn't ever very nice. He said some mean things to Clara and never treated her very well. So I can't say I was all that into the romance. Sure, there was some chemistry, but there was nothing particularly endearing.
All in all, not bad, not great. If you're a Robards fan, like me, it's something worth reading. Or if you just happen across it used somewhere. But I wouldn't consider it a must-read romantic suspense. (less)