I seem to be one of the few people who didn't particularly care for this book. Oh well.
Series Note: Sixth book in Erin McCarthy's NASCAR...moreRating: 2.5 / 5
I seem to be one of the few people who didn't particularly care for this book. Oh well.
Series Note: Sixth book in Erin McCarthy's NASCAR-centered contemporary romance series. I think you could read this one without having read the others first.
Summary: Eve Monroe is a NASCAR PR whiz, focusing on keeping her two brother's career's in line. So when one of the pit crew members for one of her brother's teams has major wardrobe malfunction on national TV, it's Eve's job to try to get the situation under control. But nothing about her meeting with jackman Nolan Ford goes as she expected.
Including him asking her out on a date. Why she says yes, Eve doesn't know. And why two people so completely opposite get seem to like each other so much is even more of a mystery. But Nolan knows he's just what Eve needs. Sometimes, though, all the chemistry in the world can't help two people get past their differences. They have a lot to work through if they want to make it as a couple.
Review: I really enjoyed the first couple books in this series but I seem to have lost my zest for this series. I think it's mainly because of the heroine's in the books.
Which is what my biggest problem with this book was: the heroine. Eve Monroe was so utterly annoying to me. That woman't neuroses have neuroses. I wanted to like this book and I really tried to. There were moments I liked it but mostly I was just bored and annoyed most of the time.
Such a shame, too, because there was a lot of potential. I really enjoyed the hero, Nolan. He's a total good guy; the kind us single girls would love to hook up with. And the story premise is amusing. Nolan has a wardrobe malfunction on TV and Eve has to deal with it...only not. Because that initial story premise gets lost and all you're dealing with the whole book is Eve's schizo personality. Personally, I think the book would have been much better served if the author had stuck with the initial story premise of Nolan's wardrobe malfunction.
Because reading about Eve's issues endlessly throughout the book drove me nuts. Eve is practically obsessive/compulsive, overly controlling, can't see the good side in anything, analyzing everything to death, worries over the smallest little detail...it just got to be too much. I felt sorry for Nolan and anyone else who had to put up with her.
By far the worst of Eve's neurotic personality came through during the first sex scene between the two when Eve couldn't stop over-analyzing every damn little detail. It sucked the life and sexiness completely out of the scene.
It's just never good when you get to the end of the book and kinda wish the hero would ditch the annoying heroine and find someone better. And that's how I felt when I got to the end of this book. Eve still annoyed me; I didn't feel like I got to see enough of her changing, and more so, I don't think I quite understood why she was the way she was.
I don't know if the author is planning to continue this series, but if she does, I'm not sure I plan to keep reading. This series just doesn't seem to be doing if for me anymore.(less)
I guess I'm in the minority that didn't particularly enjoy this book. It wasn't a bad book, but it just didn't really work for me.
Series Note: Fifth book in the "Destiny" series about a small Ohio town and the people who live there.
Summary: Amy Bright and Logan Whitaker have been friends since childhood. But when a tragedy strikes Logan while working as a firefighter, it leads to a kiss that changes everything. Amy realizes that she wants more from Logan than just friendship. But she's not exactly experienced when it comes to man/woman relationships. It won't be easy for her to let Logan know how she feels.
For Logan, his life is in turmoil as he questions the path he set for his life. And when a new face arrives in Destiny, he wonders if it's, well, destiny. Then Amy shows her true feelings and Logan is stunned...and intrigued. But is he ready to commit to a future with his best friend?
Review: I have to admit that going into this book I was a little wary. In all my time reading romance books I've never particularly been a fan of the whole friends-to-lovers theme. Especially when it's such a long-time friendship like with Logan and Amy in this book.
So yeah, I didn't entirely enjoy that aspect of this book. There's just something about that theme that I don't buy into and the way the author wrote this book didn't make it any better. There's a sudden random kiss then Amy decides she's loves Logan. And Logan doesn't really show an interest in Amy until he realizes she's interested in him. It felt forced to me. I wasn't buying it.
It doesn't help that for like half the book Logan is showing interest in another woman. That whole part bugged me. And it kept me from feeling like there was a real romantic connection between these two. It's also not helpful that Logan was a bit of a jackass at times.
Another this that disappointed me with this book was the emergence of a new character. I won't say who as it'll spoil a storyline started in previous books. But lets just say it wasn't really what I wanted for that storyline. I didn't like the character at all and thought the person was a total selfish bitch and I just wanted to smack the crap out of her.
And maybe another disappointment for me was that this wasn't really the storyline that I wanted for Amy. In the past books of the series she was introduced as this kind of naive, innocent spinster-ish woman who is obsessed with books and cats. So I kind of had this storyline in mind for Amy where this bad boy comes to town and musses her up a bit. Something to put some wild in her life. Instead, we got this kind of staid, lackluster romance that was lacking in sparks (at least for me).
So no, I can't say this book worked for me, really. It just had a flat feel to me. I wanted something more, something with some zing to shake Amy's life up, not just something that shifts the life she has slightly. It wasn't a bad book, though, just not what I really wanted. But hey, you can't love every book you read and an author can't always write something you'll enjoy.(less)
I wondered if Lisa Kleypas planned to continue with this series since it had been so long since the first book (Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor). I can...moreI wondered if Lisa Kleypas planned to continue with this series since it had been so long since the first book (Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor). I can't say I loved this book, but I did enjoy it and find it to be a very readable story.
Series: Part of Kleypas's contemporary romance series "Friday Harbor" about island life in Washington state. The back cover says that this is the first book in "Friday Harbor" trilogy...but it's not really. The first book was Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor...I'm not sure if the thing on the back cover was a misprint, or if the other book was a prequel of sorts. Either way, I wouldn't say you have to read the other one first. This story can stand on its own, though it does reference events from the first book.
Summary: Lucy Marinn is a glass artist on San Juan Island, content in her life with her boyfriend of two years. Then she finds out that he has cheated on her...with her own sister. Lucy is devastated and vows not to get involved again. Then she meets local vineyard owner, Sam Nolan. He's exactly the kind of guy she can't get involved in - one who will never commit or get married.
But circumstances throw the two together and they can't avoid the chemistry between them. Each vows not to let things get to serious. The heart wants what the heart wants, though, and each will have to do some reevaluating of their lives to make sure they don't miss out on the best thing that's ever happened to them.
Review: I don't really have a whole lot to say about this book. I enjoyed reading it, but nothing much is jumping out at me to comment on.
Like another reviewer said, this book does come close to that line between contemporary romance, and chick lit. It's still a romance but there's a lot of other stuff dealing with the characters' emotional drama's, life changes, etc. The romance actually takes quite a while to develop. So don't expect things to get jumped into quickly there.
One thing I did think about often in the story, though, was the sort of odd paranormal/magical aspect of the story. I didn't dislike it or particularly like it, but it did strike me as a bit out of place. It just seemed like a weird addition to the story.
The thing that struck me most about the story was the readability. Because even though I didn't love it, I zipped through it rather quickly. I hardly realized how much I'd read when I saw I was halfway through the book. And it's always a good thing when you don't realize how much you've read because the story is easy to get through. It's just a simple, easy story with good characters and interesting stuff going on that kept me reading.
I am intrigued by how things will go for the last Nolan brother, Alex, because that guy is a mess. Should be interesting to see how Kleypas works things out with him.
So...who'd like this book? People who like simple contemporary romances and who don't mind stories that develop that romance slowly. I can't guarantee that fans of Kleypas's historical romances will like the book, it's just a different kind of story, but most who read Kleypas seemed to have liked this book.(less)
Much, much better than the last Diana Palmer book I read!
Series Note: Officially, I don't think this book has a series title, but it has many tie-ins...moreMuch, much better than the last Diana Palmer book I read!
Series Note: Officially, I don't think this book has a series title, but it has many tie-ins to other Diana Palmer books. It has a direct connection to “To Love and To Cherish” in that the heroine of this book is the daughter of the couple in that book. There are also many references to characters from her Jacobsville/Long, Tall Texans series...so they kind of exist in the same universe. But I don't think you have to have read any of those to read this one. Though I must admit that this book made me want to read the parents book.
Summary: Morie Brannt is tired of being treated like a fragile flower by her overprotective, but wonderful, father. So she leaves home and strikes out on her own where she can get work on a ranch and learn what being a cowgirl is really like. She finds a job at a Wyoming ranch owned by the Kirk brothers, headed by oldest brother Mallory Kirk. It's backbreaking work, but Morie loves it.
Until she gets on the bad side of the bosses girlfriend, and at the same time finds herself helplessly drawn to said boss. A few kisses give her hope that maybe there could be something between them. But when she's set up to take the fall for something she didn't do, Morie believes all hope is lost. When Mallory learns the truth, though, he'll have to scramble to get Morie to trust him again.
Review: I have to preface this by saying this is a Diana Palmer book. Therefore you have to be prepared to suspend reality for a bit because Ms. Palmer does not function in your standard modern society. If you've ever read one of her books, you know what I mean. Some people don't mind it, some hate it, and some can take it but roll their eyes the entire time. I don't know why I keep coming back. Despite my need to eye-roll at times, there's just something about her books that draws me in. Most of the time.
Her last book I read, Merciless, was not one of those times. I didn't find anything at all appealing about that book. It came off as a shallow representation of what Palmer writes. I went so far as to wonder if a ghost writer had written the book but gone a bit overboard in their attempt to imitate Ms. Palmer's antiquated style of writing. I wondered if maybe if was finally time to stop reading her books.
But then I read this one. It is much, much more inline with what you'd expect from a DP book. I actually mostly liked it. That's not to say that it's perfect. There is that whole thing about having to suspend reality...which I can do...but otherwise, I enjoyed it. The writing was so much better than in Merciless – which came across, campy, overdone and jerky. I thought this story was more smoothly told and was easy to read.
I really like Morie. She's for the most part a typical Palmer heroine – virginal, small-chested, not very worldly. But I thought she was spunky and I like that she went out on her own to get experience in the world rather than let her father continue to protect her. Mallory was okay. He's not one of Palmer's best heroes. And again, he fits her standard hero model. Emotionally scarred, hairy chest, and at some point treats the heroine like crap.
I did appreciate that Palmer didn't harp on religious morals or the character's naivete quite so much. In Merciless that was all you read about and it got annoying, but in this one, it's part of the story but it's not so in your face. I felt like the characters weren't nearly as antiquated and were more fitting for this decade.
The storyline wasn't awesome, but it's what you'd expect from a Palmer book. Lots of emotional angst, some semi-meaty plot stuff involving a vindictive sketchy girlfriend, and an escape convict on the loose and the story keeps you reading, wanting to know how it will all end up. It was all mostly predictable but there's something about the way Palmer can tell a story like this that makes it good to read. At least for me, not everyone will agree.
Reading this one did make me want to go back and read the story for Morie's parents. It was quite obvious by the way they were talked about that Palmer had written a book for her so a quick Google search got me the title and it's one I don't have so I may have to go find it. I'm curious enough about them to want to read their story.
And Palmer also gives you a handful of other characters that I'm guessing we can look forward to getting their own stories some time – Morie's brother Cort, and Mallor's two brothers. I think I'd definitely read their stories.
I also liked that Palmer dropped some tie-ins to her Jacobsville/LTT crew. I've been reading those guys for quite a while so it was cool to see them pop up here.
The bottomline here, I think, is that if you have read Palmer's books in the past and found something enjoy in them then I think you'll like this one. If you've read her books and hated them, don't read this one. And if you've never read her...well, I don't quite know what to tell you. People either like Palmer's books or they don't. You'd really have to try one to find out what you'd think.(less)
This is one of those times that randomly buying a book you see on the shelves at some store just doesn't work out. I snagged this one because the cove...moreThis is one of those times that randomly buying a book you see on the shelves at some store just doesn't work out. I snagged this one because the cover caught my attention and I had been wanting to read a cowboy romance. Sadly, this book fell short on just about every level.
Series Note: No known series connections.
Summary: Lacey Bradford is a former trophy wife who is on the run from some of her husbands enemies. Not knowing where to go, Lacey decides to look up former classmate Chase Caldwell. Chase had always seemed to adore her in high school so surely he'd want to help her out now, in her time of need.
Unfortunately, when Lacey finds Chase, he's less than receptive. Chase harbors some anger over what Lacey's ex did to his family, and for Lacey marrying someone else when he was desperately in love with her. But Lacey's persistence wears Chase down and he gives in to the love for her he's never gotten over. But will Lacey finally give his a chance for forever?
Review: Right from the start this book didn't particularly work for me. Why? Because you start off reading about Lacey - a woman who at 18 married and older man because he was rich and could take care of her and who spent years being his trophy wife - who is now divorced and is driving across the country, searching out an old classmate who she hopes will help her in her time of need. And why did she search out Chase Caldwell? Because in high school he'd worshiped the ground she walked on and followed her around like a lost puppy so surely now, when she desperately needs help, he would be there for her.
What about that scenario is appealing? It's hopelessly shallow and doesn't make me think very much of Lacey. It just was not a good way to start off a book. When you begin by disliking a main character it makes it hard to get into the story.
Getting past that, there still wasn't much about this book that I enjoyed. At times it's rather campy and shallow. The author had a tendency to overuse similes and metaphors. And the overall storyline and romance just came off very flat for me.
I think the worst aspect, in my opinion, was the characterization of the hero, Chase Caldwell. I bought this book because I was wanting to read a cowboy romance and I thought this would fit the bill. But it doesn't really get there. Chase is a very odd character. He's supposed to be a cowboy, but he comes off as awkward, bumbling and rather beta. Which is just not what I want in a cowboy hero. I want a cowboy hero who is strong, dominant, rough and tumble and all that. Not some guy who was described as a geeky fumbling teenager and who as an adult was rather passive and wishy washy.
Not only that, his obsessive devotion to Lacey was creepy. Instead of seeming romantic, how he pined for her and said he's always be waiting for her, it came off as just...creepy. Like stalkerish obsessive. I just wasn't digging it. Maybe if I liked Lacey more it would have seemed romantic, but mostly I just thought Lacey was a twit who I wished would get stomped on by the horses she was so afraid of.
As for the storyline...hmmm. To me it came off as rather drab, directionless and not very engaging. I got to about 2/3rds through the book and started to skim read now and then because I was bored. There was just nothing about the storyline, the characters, the setting, etc, that sucked me in and had me wanting to keep reading. I kept putting the book down to do other stuff. Which is saying a lot since I'm sitting here with a broken foot with very little I can do but read and watch TV.
So...yeah, kinda wish I hadn't spent the money on this one. I just did not particularly care for it. For those of you who like the super light romance reads, you may like this one, but for those of you who like books that are a bit deeper then this probably won't appeal to you. And if you're looking for a good cowboy romance, then I definitely don't think you'll like this one. (less)