This was one of those reads that kept me up way too late on a few occasions, before having to go to work the next day. I really enjoy a good work of cThis was one of those reads that kept me up way too late on a few occasions, before having to go to work the next day. I really enjoy a good work of crime fiction, and this wasn't any exception as I felt compelled to read it when I should have been doing other things. It's not really a "hard-boiled" crime type of story, but it's still well written and gripping.
It was an interesting experience since we do know who the killer is from the very first chapter, but it was still very suspenseful and you kept discovering new things. There were also a couple of deaths that were unexpected and shocking. The book also seems to end on a note that tells you it's definitely not over - in that the murderer is not just going to roll over and accept that he's caught and will be found guilty. I don't know anything more about this series than what I read in this book, but I'll be looking into other books by Val McDermid to see if there's another one I should be reading next.
This was a great read - very high suspense and full of action. Allie is certainly a strong heroine. I'm curious to find out what will happen in the neThis was a great read - very high suspense and full of action. Allie is certainly a strong heroine. I'm curious to find out what will happen in the next book if this is only #1! This is a book that you can read on its own, and it doesn't end on a cliffhanger. I read it pretty quickly compared to some books, as it was fast-paced and gripping. The ending was very satisfying, too!...more
**spoiler alert** This book annoyed me more than anything - in a way it seemed to have no point to it. It actually gets really good reviews so I'm gla**spoiler alert** This book annoyed me more than anything - in a way it seemed to have no point to it. It actually gets really good reviews so I'm glad some people enjoy it. But I found the dialogue to be quite stilted, for e.g. nobody ever said "I'm", they always said "I am" instead. And there wasn't ever an "I'll", only "I will".
I still read the whole thing because I wanted to see how it turned out. I guess one thing that made me not love this book was that I didn't really find myself lusting after the hero - and I love to have a sexy hero to lust after. Don't get me wrong, this guy was sexy in a way, but I didn't feel any heart flutters at all while reading about him. I guess he did have some baggage that made him vaguely interesting at least, but it's hard to feel sorry for a billionaire jetsetter I guess. Still, I wanted to read the whole thing and find out what happened to the love story.
The cliffhanger / twist this ended on grossed me out - they might be half siblings? Gross! At least Clary and Jace had only kissed when they found that out about themselves in Cassandra Clare's urban fantasy series. But hey, I guess this does actually happen in 'real life' sometimes, so why not write about it?
Anyway, I'm sure it'll all work out and they won't actually be half siblings, if I were to read on through books 2 and beyond. But I am not sure I will....more
Well, I didn't like how it had such a cliffhanger, e.g doesn't really even finish...but I also didn't remove any stars because of this, since I alreadWell, I didn't like how it had such a cliffhanger, e.g doesn't really even finish...but I also didn't remove any stars because of this, since I already knew it was the case from reading other reviews. ;) So I knew what to expect there. Still, I definitely want to read on and find out what happens next. This was one heck of a CREEPY READ. I actually felt myself feeling super scared for the characters, wondering what would happen to them. So yeah, I must read on!...more
**spoiler alert** I guess you could say I enjoyed this book, and yet quite often I found myself getting annoyed by Jude and her judgmental, bitchy way**spoiler alert** I guess you could say I enjoyed this book, and yet quite often I found myself getting annoyed by Jude and her judgmental, bitchy ways. First off, I didn't like how the woman marrying her friend had to be fat so Jude could make fun of her weight, etc. Why is that even funny? I would have preferred that this character be gorgeous and slender, and not plain as described, so that Jude would have no reason to make fun of her appearance.
Secondly, I got a bit annoyed by the way she was assessing that rich lady who was being abused by her husband. The abuse part was a surprise and it was good to see that Jude actually cared about the woman's plight, instead of continuing to be a bitch. But of course, they didn't actually do anything to help that lady - there was some talk of them figuring out how to help, but then nothing came of it and they just got on with their lives. Seems a bit selfish to me.
I also thought she was just a little bit psycho with her man - I felt sorry for him sometimes, being screamed at by a banshee. And the way she flounced off and was pissed that he didn't follow her (I wouldn't have either) and beg for forgiveness for... um... having a job ... and working... was a little annoying. Of course, he DID come after her in the end and begged for forgiveness for all that ... working ... and ... living the life he'd always lived before she came back into his life a few weeks ago... And it was all a happily ever after. But I guess it's true that some guys love a drama queen - Jude certainly fit that category!
Despite all the annoyances, I did actually enjoy a lot of this book - the humour was entertaining (except for the bits I mentioned that I didn't find too funny), and author Logan is clearly witty and able to write good snappy dialogue. But suffice to say, I didn't really like Jude that much. And that's okay. We don't have to like every heroine we read about!...more
I have been meaning to read this book for ages, and have only just got around to it. Although it took up quite a few precious days in which I could haI have been meaning to read this book for ages, and have only just got around to it. Although it took up quite a few precious days in which I could have been reading more than one book and catching up on my reading goal for the year (I've been behind for most of the year!), this was well worth reading. :D
It was a pleasure to read a book that was well written, as well as witty and entertaining. I am not religious at all, and the heroine in this book is Mormon, but the story doesn't preach to the reader about anything - her being Mormon is just another aspect of her character that you get to know. The book is mostly taken up with spine-tingling action, and that's the way I like it to be!
**spoiler alert** After the last book I read, which was pretty unpolished and frustrating, this read was a real pleasure! It felt like a pretty short**spoiler alert** After the last book I read, which was pretty unpolished and frustrating, this read was a real pleasure! It felt like a pretty short read but it was still satisfying - it was great to see the bad guys get what was coming to them, and the good guys have a nice ending.
Cam was a really sexy hero and I very much enjoyed reading about him! The whole story had a lightness to it as well, with the comical yet heartrending scene that started the story off - from back in high school when Sydney was publicly humiliated in the worst way. That shouldn't be funny but the way I read it, it was a series of unfortunate events that culminated into the worst day of her life to date.
From having read this as my first Morgan Blaze story, I'd definitely be happy to read more by this author!...more
**spoiler alert** Looking at all the 4 and mostly 5-star reviews, I really have to wonder, did I get a pre-pub edition or something? This book drove m**spoiler alert** Looking at all the 4 and mostly 5-star reviews, I really have to wonder, did I get a pre-pub edition or something? This book drove me crazy because of moments like these:
"Be safe," Barry said stained.
To keep from frighten him more...
"Um..." Taking me by surprise, I wasn't sure how to answer.
And no, 'stained' wasn't a typo on my part just now - that's really how it appears in my version of the book. Those were just a few of the many examples of moments when I muttered, "Oh for fuck's sake!" as I was reading. It's a bit of a shame, because the story itself was intriguing and for the most part, the pacing was good.
I thought Barry was a real cutie. He was written well as an attractive character. But then, and this is the only questionable part of the pacing for me - the mystery was all solved, and the bad guy had been caught, but the story kept going. I kept reading, wondering, Is there going to be a horrible twist? Is Barry really the murderer? but it wasn't that at all. It turned out to be more of a lead-in to the next book in the series, giving us a hint at a new mystery which we'd have to read book #2 to find out more about.
Sadly I don't think I will be reading on, simply because it was quite difficult to get through this first book. If the author gets some beta readers / an editor on board for book #2 then I would definitely consider reading on....more
**spoiler alert** I'm not entirely sure I can put my finger on why I only want to give this book 3 stars. As I was reading there were a few moments wh**spoiler alert** I'm not entirely sure I can put my finger on why I only want to give this book 3 stars. As I was reading there were a few moments where the typos did drag me out of the story and annoy me. There seemed to be a bit of back & forth with past and present tense, though mostly it was present. And I also found the hero a little too gushy for my liking. Any time in a book a hero and heroine both say things like, "Oh, NIX!" it stops being entirely believable to me for some reason. It seems quite old-fashioned.
I didn't really like Emily's tone at first, with her "Mother" this and "Mother" that, but I understand it was her upbringing and that people actually do still get raised that way in this day & age. Anyway, I liked both hero and heroine, and I was very happy that their story worked out. They had some struggles, I guess, but I never really felt like they were overcoming huge hurdles. But I guess that's a bit unfair of me since Nix did really overcome a huge hurdle in his own personal life - the hurdle of his own self-doubt and guilt.
So I finished this book and felt relieved that it was over, if I'm honest. But it wasn't a shocking book - the characters were entertaining and I liked that Emily was a strong woman who wasn't helpless / pathetic. The Todd being gay thing made sense but it also seemed like a sort of side story that didn't end up being that important - but I guess he was important in that he gave Nix a reason to feel protective of Emily, and therefore to act protective around her. I'm glad Emily didn't make up with Todd in terms of forgiving him, since even if you are secretly gay and stressed about it, you still have no right to shove a lady around!
Anyway, those are my rambling thoughts as I just spewed them out of my brain. On to the next read!...more
**spoiler alert** I got this book either for free, or for very cheap (I can't remember which as I have been on a downloading binge lately, and most of**spoiler alert** I got this book either for free, or for very cheap (I can't remember which as I have been on a downloading binge lately, and most of the books are free but some are just cheap!). This is one of the best books I've read this year. It did have some typos and things that could be fixed with one good line edit, but they weren't enough to piss me off particularly. They were little niggles along the way, but I loved the story so much - and the writing! and the characters! - that it only mattered like 10%, or maybe less than 10%.
I love the whole zombie apocalypse theme - and the fact that Adrian takes that on board with gusto and does everything in his power to give Keegan the zombie apocalypse-styled fairytale, etc.. (you should read it to find out what I mean by that). As I read the very first scene, I'll admit I wasn't really sure what was going on. I started to wonder, IS this book about a zombie apocalypse? but soon enough I realised that no, it wasn't. Still, the first scene had me scrambling to figure out what sort of book I'd started reading.
I love Deanna Eshler's witty writing, and I really love the character of Keegan. Adrian, of course, was totally adorable, and it was great seeing their story unfold. I haven't read Book #1, but having read this one I hope I will find #1 to be just as entertaining, when in fact I do get around to reading it! Recommended if you like quirky humour and wacky characters (like Robert. That guy was hilarious too)....more
Before starting this book, I read (or skimmed over) some pretty unflattering reviews, as well as some glowing reviews. My rating sits somewhere in theBefore starting this book, I read (or skimmed over) some pretty unflattering reviews, as well as some glowing reviews. My rating sits somewhere in the middle, though while reading at least the first half of the book, I was sure I was going to end up giving it a lower score than I did. The first part of the story didn't seem to have much substance to it at all - though I could see little hints here and there that hero Riley was more than just a man whore.
Sometimes in the early part of the book I felt that the author was giving way too much detail, and this occurred elsewhere in the book too. For e.g., we don't really need to know all the steps they took to get inside the bar - all we need to know is that they were planning on going to the bar, and then they were in the bar. Likewise, in Reno, we don't need to know all the details about how they got their luggage out of the car, went to their hotel room, then swiped the card to get into their hotel room.
Despite that sort of element, the book definitely picked up as the story went on. By the time Cara moved states, I was really quite engrossed and dying to know what would happen next. The typos and occasional poor polishing continued, and I feel that this book could still use some line editing for typos and so on. But I managed to get past that because I was really hooked on the story and eager to know how it would turn out. I was pretty happy with how it turned out, and despite the fact that early on I might not have cared much about Cara's happiness, since she seemed quite shallow at times, she came to be someone that I hoped for a happy ending for.
I don't think I'd read this again ... but I'd definitely consider reading the next book to find out more about Riley's story....more
This was a decent read - and I know it's part of a series, which I would like to continue reading. I definitely felt like I 'liked' it but didn't 'lovThis was a decent read - and I know it's part of a series, which I would like to continue reading. I definitely felt like I 'liked' it but didn't 'love' it, but I guess I liked it enough to want to read about more of the Remington brothers! Sometimes I got a bit annoyed with Dex for being so pushy with Ellie. He really insisted on her becoming just as open and honest (about one's feelings / past painful events in one's life) as him in the blink of an eye, when for some people it just isn't that easy! I could relate to Ellie feeling pressured like that, to be honest. Anyway, Dex's mum is a wise woman thankfully, and she gave her son a bit of a talking to! I liked that, and I was glad Dex listened to his mum. :)
All in all, this was a fun read, even if at times it got a bit overly mushy for my taste....more