This third and final installment of The Guardians Trilogy was good, but Riley and Doyle were my least favorite couple. IReview posted on Got Fiction?
This third and final installment of The Guardians Trilogy was good, but Riley and Doyle were my least favorite couple. I can't pinpoint why, but I'll try. (as you'll notice I did give this book a 4.5 rating, so obviously I liked it, but the chemistry between them sort of dropped it from a 5)
There are two major problems I had with this book.
The first, their chemistry. It's very meh. The thing is, in her desire to not get them together too soon in the overall trilogy arc, it sort of put me off them as a couple. By the time they hook up, I feel like it's been too long. The lusty feelings show up late in the story, and for a romance, I wanted a lot of romance. It's a lot to ask of a book, when you have a romance, a huge paranormal plot, a suspenseful/action-packed plot, and yet La Nora can pull it off. This time around, I was just hoping for more.
The second problem I had was that Doyle, an immortal, who hasn't been back to Ireland since his mother died, so 300 plus years, has issues. He's closed off and a loner. Okay, I get it. It's hard when everyone you love dies. But when he spends 3/4 of the book ignoring all the issues, brooding, and only opens up in the last bit, I don't know, he didn't make me want to root for him. I just felt like, the author gave him many opportunities to open up and grown, but it took the very end to do it. I mean, he was heroic in the sense that he fought evil, but he wasn't heroic in the Romance hero sense.
He spent way too many pages talking about Annika's beauty, but how he sees her as a sister...yet Riley only rates a *shrug* Yeah she's pretty in her own way type of attitude. Doyle and Riley didn't feel like they fit together the same way the other two couples did in their books.
So, the book, the plot, the action, all was great. It was totally what I'd expect from a Para Nora. But this couple as a believable romance hero/heroine didn't work for me. It pains me to say this, since I enjoyed the series and book so much.
2.5 This book is silly and over the top, but it's meant to be. It's not my jam, but she's on book 10, so many people mustReview posted on Got Fiction?
2.5 This book is silly and over the top, but it's meant to be. It's not my jam, but she's on book 10, so many people must like it.
Full review: This book is silly. It's campy, over the top, and tongue in cheek. The problem is that it's not very romantic. I can handle silly and campy fun. But I didn't ever feel like there was fun. Sandra Hill is known for being very over the top, (her vampire/angels series is definitely full of that).
But this felt...too silly to be enjoyable. Not funny or fun, just...silly.
Here's an example, "He used his knees to separate her legs and arranged himself between her open thighs. Chest to breast, belly to belly, divining rod to mother lode."
She must have a specific fan base, because this was a bit much for me, even knowing that it would be a bit crazy.
Quick version is that Aaron and Daniel are twins who find out that they have family in Louisiana. Daniel, pediatric oncologist, is so tired of losing patients that he's done. He's grumpy and angry and sort of bums around the South for a few years after he meets everyone. Aaron has settled in nicely and after a couple years of his brother being depressed and boring, pushes him to go in halfsies on an old plantation home. They begin to fix it up.
Meanwhile, over these few years, Dan has been thrown into the path of Samantha (purposely by matchmaking Tante Lulu, the crazy aunt). Samantha's story begins 5 years after her divorce from a gold digging ex, Nick, who keeps pushing for more alimony. Nick is a doctor, but feels Samantha's family money should be his. She has a huge chip on he shoulder about doctors. This is partly why she doesn't like Dan when she meets him.
The ex-husband storyline was the most interesting to me. It really had a lot going for it, but it fizzled out so quickly at the end that I was left completely unsatisfied. I'm talking like total potential for a fantastic subplot, especially since he's such a good villain.
This book covers a lot of time. Like 4-5 years. One chapter says Two Years Later. A lot of time skips. I felt it was unnecessary. It made the ex-husband storyline feel that much less likely. When you have a gator wrestling neighbor and a crazy aunt, it's sad that the fairly realistic part of the book is what felt well, unrealistic. The main characters don't even interact much until about the middle of the book. Where's the romance there? I found the romance to be boring, and the silliness killed the book for me.
I don't think I'll read her again, but I really am kind of bummed since I wanted to enjoy the funny campiness of it all. But this was a miss for me without being funny, just silly.
This book didn't work for me. While I normally like Lauren Dane, I couldn't get into this book. I'm also now very comfortable saying Megan Hart is notThis book didn't work for me. While I normally like Lauren Dane, I couldn't get into this book. I'm also now very comfortable saying Megan Hart is not for me. DNF ***ARC courtesy of the publisher via netgalley...more
I have to stop reading her. I haven't like anything she's written since her Highlanders. Someone remind me of that nexReview posted on Got Fiction?
I have to stop reading her. I haven't like anything she's written since her Highlanders. Someone remind me of that next time I pick up one of her Romantic Suspenses.
Why do I keep reading her books? Sigh. I haven't like anything of hers since her Highlanders. And even those were iffy to me.
Look, I love insta-love. I truly don't mind that trope (which I know is a huge problem for some people). But Ms. Banks takes it to the next level. In every single book I've ever read by her, the hero instantly loves her and wants to protect her. Okay, I'm cool with that...but he then steamrolls the heroine and takes over her life. That's his way of loving and protecting her. The women become doormats. That's not love, nor is it romantic.
I'm not going to summarize it, but I will say that her heroines have become naive to the point of stupidity. I mean how did they ever dress and brush their teeth and eat food without the hero helping her do it?
Her heroes are not heroes to me. They are bulldozers. They bulldoze into their heroines' lives and take over every single decision and independent thought they could possibly have. It's ridiculous.
I'm breaking up with her. I just can't do this anymore. It's painful to read.