Super Quickie Review: This is was cute, nice, quick read. It's a simple story but I liked the characters and the romance. I would have given it a 4.5/5Super Quickie Review: This is was cute, nice, quick read. It's a simple story but I liked the characters and the romance. I would have given it a 4.5/5 stars except for the ending. It feels like it got lopped off. There needed to be one more short chapter pulling it all together to give you that "riding off into the sunset" feeling (proverbially speaking). Instead the end jut felt abrupt. But i still really enjoyed the story. ...more
This was just one of those books that you wish you'd never started.
Summary: Meghan has started a new job working public relations for a professional hThis was just one of those books that you wish you'd never started.
Summary: Meghan has started a new job working public relations for a professional hockey team. Which is where she meets star player Jared Landry. Despite thinking he's a conceited jerk she is attracted to him. She doesn't think he could remotely be interested in her but he is.
(And really that's about all there is to this book)
Series Note: Part of a series but I haven't read any others and don't plan to.
Review: I don't enjoy writing bad reviews but really, this book was just painful to read. I came really close several times to giving up but forced myself to go on.
Where to start? The biggest negative for me was the writing itself. First off, it's written in a 3rd person present tense POV which is just weird and awkward to read. I will never read another book written in that style. I couldn't stand it.
Besides that, the writing itself is unsophisticated, unnecessarily detailed in spots and overly simplified. Writing style and quality are important to me in making a good book and this one didn't get remotely close on any level. There was no complexity or flow to the writing, just simple basic description. And then there would be an entire paragraph about taking a bite of food, describing each step. I need more to the writing style than this book gave me.
Then there was the fact that there are constant contradictions throughout the book. Jared says he had a brief relationship with another character then it's that they were together 9 months. Jared is constantly being called and treated like a playboy when there is absolutely no evidence of that. I don't call a guy who dated someone for 9 months (or however long it was) a playboy! And one second Jared is thinking about how much he wants a family and then the next he can't commit to anything. Meghan talks about hating cheaters but sleeps with Jared and later tells her friend she thinks he has a girlfriend. Round and round in convoluted circles this story went. It was nauseating.
As for the characters? I hated Meghan. I wanted her to take a long walk off a short pier. She's judgmental, fickle, and obnoxious. She's constantly jumping to conclusions for no good reason and acting like a bitch. And Jared was a dick half the time.
Considering I didn't really like either character made the romance very flat. But it was flat anyway. Jared chasing Meghan, then ignores her. Meghan says she doesn't like him but can't stop thinking about him. She wants him then she doesn't want him. One second she believes he's broken up with the other girl (Lauren) and then someone else says something completely innocent to her and she's sure they're back together.
I felt like I was reading about two hormonal, fickle junior high kids who are passing notes to their friends asking if the other likes them and then getting mad and dumping them when one doesn' smile at the other in the hallway between classes. Seriously. That's what it felt like.
I was relieved to finish. There wasn't anything about this book that worked for me. I apologize to the author, but that's my honest review.
And now I plan to reread a favorite book to cleanse the palate, so to speak. ...more
This was a very frustrating book to read. There were parts that I loved and parts that made me just want to bang my head into a wall.
Summary: Piper haThis was a very frustrating book to read. There were parts that I loved and parts that made me just want to bang my head into a wall.
Summary: Piper has been drifting since tragedy destroyed her life. She can't forget what happened and can't move on. She ends up in Nassau, FL, helping out at an Inn. Instinct and her wariness of people tells her to stay away from neighbor Logan, one of the local cops. But she can't fight her attraction to him and his persistence in getting to know her. Just when she starts to let her guard on and hopes to move on with her life, the past comes back haunt her. And she may not survive the threat.
Series Note: Fourth book in the First to Fight series. It has a common set up characters but can be read on it's own.
On the surface I enjoyed this book. I'm always up for reading a romance with a good suspense plot. And this book starts off with the proverbial bang. It's heartbreaking and gripping and I had high hopes for the rest of the book. It partially lives up to those hopes.
I enjoyed the basics of the suspense portion plot. While not the most original it was still interesting and had me wanting to keep reading to see what would happen. It wasn't the most well-developed suspense plot but was fairly decent. I felt it could have been fleshed out more and wrapped up much better. At the end I kinda didn't feel like I knew the whole story.
The characters were good and I was engaged in the romance between Piper and Logan. With all the Piper has been through you can't help but want her to get her happy ending. Logan's character was a bit underdeveloped. There are things mentioned then never fleshed out. It left him a bit superficial.
Where this book falls apart is in the details. There is a lot of inconsistency throughout the book, and also the series, that really takes away from the momentum of the story. When you're zipping along through the book and come across something that doesn't make sense it stops you in your tracks and you have to try to figure out what doesn't match and be annoyed about it. And there's a lot of that in this book and across the series. I just got so frustrated when reading.
Examples: Gavin is Piper's ex-boyfriend at the beginning of the book and then about two-thirds through he is suddenly her ex-fiance.
At the start of the book, there are heavy implications that Logan has a problem with alcohol. There is a short line a little while later with Piper acknowledging it (which made no sense as there was no way she could have known it) and then that aspect of the story completely disappears. Along with that, there are indications of problems in Logan's past with his family but then that disappears as well.
Piper is initially said to be drifting, trying to deal with what happened, and avoiding a persistent reported. Then suddenly she's one the run because the killer could still be after her.
Piper's car goes from a 6 year old sedan to a 1998 vehicle (which would have made it like 17-18 years old).
In the epilogue, Piper names one of her children Lennox - supposedly in honor of her friend she lost. The assumption being Lennox is named after Lena....who was a peripheral character that Piper had one conversation with in the book. Made no sense. I couldn't help but wonder if the baby was supposed to be named after Carly, Piper's good friend from college who was murdered.
The timeline from the murders to the current time also seems out of whack a lot.
Olivia and Ben's son Cole is said to have had a heart transplant...which doesn't match the previous books. He had his surgeries and was doing great and then suddenly in this book he'd had a transplant with not backstory given.
And this one drives me nuts...at the end of book 2, Ben and Olivia's story, the epilogue is during Cole's 2nd birthday and Olivia tells Ben she's pregnant. But throughout book 3 and this book, she's not pregnant and has no other kids. Timeline wise, she should have.
Also, maybe it's just me...but when a guy (Ben) has had a traumatic brain injury and has permanent hearing lost...STOP HAVING HIM GET PUNCHED IN THE HEAD FOR NOT GOOD REASON!!!!!
** Those are the inconsistencies I can think of, but I know there were more. For someone like me, who is a detail oriented reader, these just really threw the book off track for me and kept me from really getting into it as much as I could.
There's a lot of potential to the story (and the series) but the execution is lacking. With a little more attention to detail I think the author could write some really good books.
WARNING: this books contains graphic violence against women and touches on rape (though not graphically)....more
Rating: 2.5/5 Like many other reviews of this book said - this one falls a bit short of what I was hoping from it.
Madison grew up in the biker world bRating: 2.5/5 Like many other reviews of this book said - this one falls a bit short of what I was hoping from it.
Madison grew up in the biker world but after several life-threatening incidents and battling an alcohol addiction she leaves town when her boyfriend and MC member J tells her to go. Now she's pulled herself together but the danger of the biker world is coming back at her. So she returns home to face J and the world she left behind.
Series Note: first in the Storm MC series.
I have to admit I love these biker club series'. I've read many of the ones I've come across. This was a free read on iTunes so I figured I'd give it a try.
Compared to the other MC series I've read this one falls way short. It's not bad but it also wasn't great.
My biggest gripe with the book was the back and forth between Madison and J. The love/hate was enough to give me whiplash. This was primarily from Madison. She hates him then wants him back then is pissed then screws his brains out and then is pissed again. Talk about a bipolar relationship. It wasn't particularly pleasing to read. I wanted to like these two but their relationship was just irritating at times. I can't say I particularly liked Madison either. Her character was a weird mish-mash of traits that didn't mix well and sometimes didn't make much sense. J was okay even if an alpha jerk at times. And sometimes I thought he was damn clueless.
Aside from that, the storyline lacked focus to keep me thoroughly engaged. There was a dangerous situation you think will dominate the series but it's kinda ho-hum and then over before you can blink. Then there's a secondary danger that's there then ignored for a while and then back then over. Both parts just lacked intensity and development.
Detail wise from an MC standpoint the story was also lacking somewhat. Most of the other series I've read on MC culture have an authentic feel (from an outsiders views point) and this one just didn't. There were a few times where I just kinda shook my head and thought, no!
There was also this two-pronged family issue dropped in near the end that seemed a bit like needless filler to me. I didn't really think it did anything to further the story.
All that aside though I didn't hate the book. It was an average read with some interesting points. It just could have been a much better story if some character issues were smoothed out a bit and it was a little more detail oriented. I was interested enough though that I'll keep reading the series.
*its important to note that like most MC books, this one exists in the gray area between right and wrong. Things are done that by law are illegal but by their moral code are right.
Warnings: contains explicit language and sex (m/f) but nothing extreme. ...more