3.5 stars. I would have liked it even better if the relationship between Colleen and Connor had felt fully formed. Something about him being her twin...more3.5 stars. I would have liked it even better if the relationship between Colleen and Connor had felt fully formed. Something about him being her twin and being such an enigma made me feel like I didn't really know her entirely either. Especially since so much time was spent on all the other random tertiary characters, but one of the two most significant relationships in her life was just... Off.(less)
3.5 stars. I would have rated it higher, but it felt like the book ended before the story was over. There were a lot of things that didn't feel suffic...more3.5 stars. I would have rated it higher, but it felt like the book ended before the story was over. There were a lot of things that didn't feel sufficiently explored.(less)
2,5 stars. It's not necessarily bad, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, and I found his voice annoying. On top of that it was edite...more2,5 stars. It's not necessarily bad, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know, and I found his voice annoying. On top of that it was edited pretty sloppily and as a result instructions were often a bit unclear.(less)
I can't really decide if I should round up to two stars or down to one star, but I know I didn't enjoy reading this book. The first couple o...more1.5 stars.
I can't really decide if I should round up to two stars or down to one star, but I know I didn't enjoy reading this book. The first couple of chapters seemed promising, but I had barely read a hundred pages before I realized I was hopelessly bored. The plot in this book is almost non-existent, and the characters don't have enough depth make up for it. There were so many pages where my eyes just sort of glazed over as I was reading, and I had to reread the page again.
The worst thing about though is that I don't even dislike anything about it very passionately. My first thought about this book was that it was a typical two star rating, but that didn't seem fair considering the many books that I've really enjoyed parts of, and really disliked other parts of, that I've given two star ratings. But I try to reserve one star ratings for books that I passionately hate so that didn't feel right either--this book is just too meh for me to get that worked up about.
In the interest of full disclosure: I currently have a mild case of the flu, which could have influenced my complete inability to get drawn into this story.(less)
I got this by mistake since I'd mixed up the title with Willing Victim. If I'd read the summary I would probably have skipped it. I disliked pretty mu...moreI got this by mistake since I'd mixed up the title with Willing Victim. If I'd read the summary I would probably have skipped it. I disliked pretty much everything about this short-story. The premise was annoying, Rob was repulsive, Noah had no sense of boundaries and none of the sex was actually sexy. I have read some seriously disturbing stuff over the years, but this kind of grossed me out. I felt dirty in a bad way after reading it, and I only skimmed the last fifteen pages to get it over with.
Most erotica that I've read has gotten a three-star rating from me. Cara McKenna is the first author that I've given a five-star rating, and now she's also the first one I've given a one star rating. (less)
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's short, but the characters, especially Flynn, come alive right away. I've never been into forced seducti...moreI'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It's short, but the characters, especially Flynn, come alive right away. I've never been into forced seduction or rape fantasies so I was a bit weary of reading this, but in the end it was completely consensual throughout. (less)
I was so pleasantly surprised by this story. I don't know that this would be an all time favorite, but it's gold compared to the crap I've been sluggi...moreI was so pleasantly surprised by this story. I don't know that this would be an all time favorite, but it's gold compared to the crap I've been slugging through lately.
Kelly: So sexy. Erin: Awesome. Together: Supernova of sexiness. I could feel their connection.
My life has been a white collar version of Erin's. More importantly, my way of coping with that upbringing is pretty similar to Erin's way. Her thought process and feelings were very familiar to me. And without sounding too corny, this book got me feeling more optimistic about the future. I don't think I've trusted anyone to take care of me since I was about seven years old and realized that I was going to have to be the grown-up, but I'm trying to change that. And I'm always trying to be perfect and invulnerable, and feeling like a failure because I can't live up to my own high standard. This book reminded me of the fact that you don't have to be perfect, it's good enough to be "okay", even more so when there weren't exactly any good role models around to raise you. That being better than what you came from is an accomplishment. Because of that this book hits really close to home.
Having said that, I can see how it could be a lot less interesting and engaging to someone without those buttons to push. (less)
This wasn't horribly bad, just ridiculous and a bit boring. Zack is so over the top famous and talanted--he's the most handsome movie star ever, he's...moreThis wasn't horribly bad, just ridiculous and a bit boring. Zack is so over the top famous and talanted--he's the most handsome movie star ever, he's won two academy award by the time he's 25, one of them for an ACTION MOVIE. Because people win Oscars for action movies all the time. And then he's won academy awards for directing too, before the age of thirty, because he's just that special.
And Julie is so saintly and so, so stupid. I mean really, a convicted murderer kidnaps her at gunpoint, and she's in love with him in twenty-four hours. Ugh, she irritated me.
I can deal with someone escaping from prison and still being the hero if there is some sense of urgency behind it, some motivation other than "serving out my sentence is kind of boring me. Prison is a real downer, y'all!" And then the kidnapping on top of this.
Zack reminds me of a guy a friend of mines boyfriend used to bring along to parties when I was in college. There was something a bit mysterious about him, he sort of popped out of nowhere, but he seemed nice enough. Turned out he'd been serving a multiple year prison sentence for armed robbery, but he was a really good guy who'd just been around some bad influences. Because that's what really good guys live rent free with their middle class parents do when they want a new stereo and big ass flat screen (again, not staving off poverty or pay for his mom's health bills or some other relatively noble cause), they hold up another human being at gun point. No biggie, why are you being so judgemental, geez, it's not like he raped somebody...
Maybe I'm as annoyingly saintly as precious perfect Julie, but I have a hard time buying guys as heroes when they do something like that to another human being with no greater cause behind it: "Didn't feel like being in prison" or "Wanted a $5000 stereo (I'm artistic and music like means a lot to me) and it's totally unfair that I should have to work like everyone else to get it" doesn't cut it for me.(less)
I liked this a lot, although it doesn't really fit in the Romance/Chic-lit genres. I rooted for the platonic relationship between Anna and Michelle mo...moreI liked this a lot, although it doesn't really fit in the Romance/Chic-lit genres. I rooted for the platonic relationship between Anna and Michelle more than I did the romantic relationships. Rory was alright, but Phil had a personality like a limp overcooked noodle.
Phil is content to not take any responsibility for taking care of the home or the family. I've met guys like Phil, and I haven't liked them either. A happy ending for me would have been Anna leaving Phil to actually take care of his own children, have to buy his cranky mother presents himself, cook them food, clean, wash and do their ironing. Do anything, anything at all, proactively. Instead he's just oblivious to everything Anna does for him and his children. He reminded me of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line when he pretty much tells June to "chill out, things will sort themselves out". But in reality, what happens is that other people fix and organize things for him, and he just feels like they "sorted themselves out" organically.
(view spoiler)[I kept hoping, hoping, hoping that Anna's happily ever after would either involve a DTMFA from Michelle, or that Phil would actually have to change, take on more responsibility, take Anna's feelings and needs into consideration at least once per month or so. Instead he didn't even tell her that he loved her or that he wanted to be with her without Michelle more or less forcing him to do it. I suppose her finally maybe getting a baby is supposed to be the HEA, but I don't see it. I see another twenty or so years in Anna's future of absolutely no support or backing, emotionally or practically, from Phil. And she's so wonderful with kids and such a great person, I really feel like she could do a lot better. (hide spoiler)]
And then there's Michelle. I identified a lot with her throughout the story, even though she's a much more hardcore control freak than I am these days. I was very curious about her secrets, and her relationship with her ex--the little peeks we got into it was creepy but very realistic. I kept hoping she would open up more to Anna, and at the same time understanding why she wouldn't.
My reaction to this story was very similar to my feelings about My One and Only. I really liked the female characters, the author's voice and was really drawn in by the plot. But I kind of wish it was in a genre that didn't require a stereotypical romantic "happy ending" because I don't find it believable between these characters. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a DNF for me for a long time. I picked it up again since I kept getting recommended it. I understand why other people like it, but it...more2 stars.
This was a DNF for me for a long time. I picked it up again since I kept getting recommended it. I understand why other people like it, but it wasn't for me. I didn't like the writing style, the plot or the characterization. Jack, while nice, was annoying me with his perfection. All the interchangeable side characters having babies bored me. I had to force myself to finish it, even though it was a pretty short and easy read.(less)
This book is really making me question the high rating I gave Edenbrooke, which I really liked at the time. I found nothing to like about the characte...moreThis book is really making me question the high rating I gave Edenbrooke, which I really liked at the time. I found nothing to like about the characters, the plot or the writing. Kitty*, especially, was as annoying as her mother was ridiculous. But worst of all, I was bored throughout most of it.
Ugh. I thought about rounding this up to two stars, but the truth is I just didn't like it. Didn't like the characters, the romance, the sus...more1.5 stars.
Ugh. I thought about rounding this up to two stars, but the truth is I just didn't like it. Didn't like the characters, the romance, the suspense plot, the continued all around stupidity of KGI. Seriously, I don't think they've even heard of the concept of contingency plans. And all the baaaaaaabies, and long speaches about feeeeeeeeelings. It's enough to make me feeeeeeeel nauseous.(less)
I liked Cole and PJ, but the story was too stupid for me to really enjoy this book.
Suspension of disbelief: I don't have the ability to do this. This...moreI liked Cole and PJ, but the story was too stupid for me to really enjoy this book.
Suspension of disbelief: I don't have the ability to do this. This makes it impossible for me to accept KGI as "the best of the best", which I'm constantly told that they are. It's like being told that someone is "the best of the best" at clearing a room, while at the same time having to accept that the villain stumped them by hiding behind the door. It does not compute.
They send PJ in unarmed, without any eyes on her or any real backup, and then they are STUMPED that it didn't work out. They shouldn't blame themselves, we are constantly told. Why not? I certainly blamed them for being so incompetent. Now, I'm not "the best of the best" in private military operations, but here are some alternatives that could have helped out that I was screaming at them while reading their master plan:
* They could have used PJ to plant a listening or GPS device on him during the party. * They could have had someone stick to her like "white rice" (thank you, Ramona) at the party and while they were leaving. * They could have armed her with some tiny weapon that fit under her dress. * They could have planted a GPS chip under her skin, rather than on a necklace that can easily be taken off.
PJs full name: exactly what I thought it was, so either I'm psychic or it was pretty predictable.
Babies. Are these not generally infants? Why does everyone keep referring to pre-teens in this story as babies. What's wrong with "young girls"?
This wasn't bad at all, but it just didn't grip me. The characters on their own interested me and for a while it seemed like the relationships would d...moreThis wasn't bad at all, but it just didn't grip me. The characters on their own interested me and for a while it seemed like the relationships would develop more naturally, but in the end it just felt too forced. The mystery was pretty boring, and the villain was telegraphed pretty early on. I think romantic suspense is just just not the genre for me.(less)
Panda is my kind of guy. Lucy I had a bit of a harder time with, although I can't quite pinpoint why. Maybe it was how bratty she seemed throughout mo...morePanda is my kind of guy. Lucy I had a bit of a harder time with, although I can't quite pinpoint why. Maybe it was how bratty she seemed throughout most of the story. She was described a lot of the time as looking like a teenager, but it was much more problematic to me that as a thirty year old woman she acted like a teenager. I realized there were explanations for it in the novel, but I guess I didn't care for it much even though it made sense.
I reread Call Me Irresistible before I read this, and I while Meg and Ted aren't necessarily more interesting individuals, their relationship engrossed me more than the relationship between Panda and Lucy. And Temple was just annoying. All in all this was a middle of the road SEP romance for me. While not as great as her best ones, it's also not nearly as bad as her worst ones.(less)
1.5 stars. Not the worst in the series, but pretty damn bad.
Liked: * Ren. Not an asshole! Yes, the bar is set very high with this one...
Disliked: * The...more1.5 stars. Not the worst in the series, but pretty damn bad.
Liked: * Ren. Not an asshole! Yes, the bar is set very high with this one...
Disliked: * The whole "mobster, no biggie!" portion of the storyline. Yeah, it's so annoying and interfering when your cop relatives are harping on the fact that the guy you're dating is involved in organized crime. Because, you know, only really narrow minded busybodies care about things like that. And what brother/father wouldn't want their daughter to marry the heir presumptive to a crime empire? A controlling one who wont let a big girl make her own decisions, that's who. Because really, what other reason to object could there possibly be?
* Ally. How is it possible that a character who was one of the most annoying ones in the series, can be completely different from the glimpses we've seen of her previously, yet still be as annoying? It boggles the mind.
* The use of endearments, especially "honey", at the end of almost any spoken sentence. ("Do you wan't some food, honey?" "Yes, honey!" "Okay, then I'll make some for you, honey." "Thanks, that's nice, honey." Yes, it really feels that repetitive.)
* The Kristen Ashley pseudonym storyline.
* The stripping. Not because there's anything wrong with stripping, but because I'm supposed to believe that among all of these PI geniuses, not one of them considered the idea of installing hidden cameras backstage. The only way for the owner of the strip club to get eyes on what goes on backstage is to hire Ally as a PI/stripper. Also, bouncers must have some special legal protection that I'm not aware of that makes them impossible to fire without absolute proof that they're doing something illegal. Because surely otherwise, Smithy would have just FIRED him when he suspected him of perving on the other strippers. Of course, then things would have made sense and we wouldn't have gotten this goldmine of mystery so I can see why KA went with ignoring all reason instead. Because that would have been a loss, or something? (less)