This was a random buy for me at B&N one day and when I saw that a bunch of my GR friends had read and liked it, I figured it was a good pick up. AThis was a random buy for me at B&N one day and when I saw that a bunch of my GR friends had read and liked it, I figured it was a good pick up. And even though I hadn't read it yet, I picked up other books in the series. As for this book, it turned out okay, but not as good as I was hoping it would be.
Series Note: First book in Black's "Wicked Lovers" erotic romance series.
Summary: Late night sex talk show host Morgan O'Malley is at her wits end with a show to produce and a stalker on her tail. She retreats to help from her half-brother while she plans a meeting with a sexual Dominant for her show. But when she meets with Jack Cole - aka Master J - things go from bad to worse as her stalker starts shooting at her. Jack's quick thinking (and experience in the military and security business) help save Morgan's life.
What Morgan doesn't know is that Jack has an alternative motive for seeking Morgan out and being around her. He's got revenge in mind. But as he races to get Morgan out of the line of fire, taking her to his secluded cabin in the bayou, revenge slides away. Morgan intrigues him. He senses her natural submissive nature that she fights and tries to hide. Before long, his revenge falls completely by the wayside. Unfortunately, when Morgan finds out what he did, she may never forgive him...if she lives long enough because her stalker isn't about to leave her alone.
Review: This book started out with a lot of potential for me. It looked like it would fall into that erotic romantic suspense category that I love. You've got a woman with a stalker, a security/bodyguard guy, and a sexual/BDSM element that seemed like could be put together into a rather interesting book.
Unfortunately for me, the book never really hit its stride. Initially, it was all pretty interesting, but once the H/H meet and you move into the romance/erotic part of the story everything kind of stalls.
For one thing, you've got a sexual dominant hero and a heroine who denies and fights her underlying submissive nature. Jack really wants to unleash Morgan's submissiveness and Morgan fights it endlessly because of a bad experience with her ex telling her she was deviant for wanting the thing she did. Once this part of the story kicks in - Jack trying to get Morgan to give in - its like you get stuck reading the same thing over and over and over. Jack wanting Morgan, wanting to get her to accept her submissiveness, and also feeling guilty for his revenge plot. And Morgan just constantly thinking about how wrong it was to want the things she secretly wanted. I got so tired of reading about Morgan's internal conflict. Page after page after page. I just wanted her to give in already and for the story to move on.
Which is another issue. The story doesn't move very much. It's a very slow progressing book. You get like halfway through and realize only like 2 days have passed and hardly anything has happened. And that's because all you're reading about is the Dom/sub battle between Jack and Morgan which takes up endless space.
Maybe for any other book that would be a big deal. There are plenty of BDSM erotic romances that focus on the internal conflict of the characters over what they really want. But this book was supposed to have a suspense element over Morgan's stalker - how it was, why they wanted her, and how it would all work out. Yet the whole things seems very inconsequential. Jack is supposedly a security guy who wants to help Morgan, but he foists all the work off on his partner and everything happens in the background. You only hear the results of what Jack's partner, Deke, does. For something that is such a serious issue, it feels like a sidenote. I wanted it to be a more active part of the story.
As for the sexual aspect of the story...BDSM stories don't work for everyone. I don't mind them as long as they are mild-to-moderate bedroom BDSM and not the super hardcore pain stuff or the 24/7 type. This book fell into the category I don't mind. It was a fairly interesting aspect of the story - reading about Jack getting Morgan to accept her true nature (even if it did drag on) and there are some super hot scenes. I didn't really have any issues with the actual erotic part of the story. But it's really not for prudish sort.
Overall, the book mostly fell flat for me. I was hoping for much more from it and it just didn't deliver. But I still plan to read the other books in the series...A) because I already have them ;) and B) because I want to know what happens with the supporting characters.
WARNING, this book contains: explicit sex and language, oral sex, anal sex, M/F/M threesome DP scene, mild-to-moderate BDSM...which includes Dominance/submission, restraints, spanking, toys, clamps, blindfolds, light punishment...nothing super hardcore, but enough to bother some readers....more
I hate giving up on a book. I try to push through and finish no matter what. But sometimes a book isn't working for me on any level, and given my limiI hate giving up on a book. I try to push through and finish no matter what. But sometimes a book isn't working for me on any level, and given my limited reading time these days, giving up is just for the best. Which is what I decided to do with this book. I just had no interest in continuing to read it.
Series Note: First book in the "Last Chance" series about a small South Caroline town.
Summary: Read the summary on the book page. I didn't read enough of the book to give a more accurate summary:
"Review:" This was a total random buy. I looked at it in Target several times before figuring I'd give it a try. Sometimes random buys pay off, sometimes these don't. This one, unfortunately, didn't.
I'd been hoping for a "Virgin River" type book...and yeah, I suppose there is a sense of that, but I couldn't get past a lot of things in the small chunk of this book I read.
I only read 48 pages of this book before I just decided to give up. Nothing about those 48 pages worked for me in any sense.
What didn't I like?
- you start off with a broke heroine on a bus continually referring to some quack doctor and his theories on "positive thinking" - she lands in Last Chance, South Carolina...a super small town, heads to the nearest bar/restaurant and decides to pick a guy to con into some food and then she thinks about what else she'll have to do and how she'll regret it in the morning. - heroine hooks up with a guy for the night...you're expecting at least a little steam, but you get a kiss then the scene just stops and you start up again the next morning - the hero is a pony-tail wearing supposed bad boy who starts sobbing in the bathroom after realizing he just banged a down-on-her-luck woman, which is just another signal of how bad his life has gotten - "bad boy" hero also has a penchant for saying "for goodness' sake" and other sanitized swears like some kind of choirboy - "bad boy" hero also calls the heroine "little gal" and "girl" - heroine constantly thinks of talks about the quack doctor and his "positive thinking" theories and the hero is all "glass half empty" - there's a God-themed mini-golf course run by the hero's father, who happens to apparently be a bit crazy because he talks to angels
Is that enough to show you why I couldn't go on? Just really not my kind of book. At all....more
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 coveThis 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. ...more