**spoiler alert** This is the third novel in the NYPD series starring Detective Michael Bennett. He is a single dad with 10 adopted children (yes, I s**spoiler alert** This is the third novel in the NYPD series starring Detective Michael Bennett. He is a single dad with 10 adopted children (yes, I said TEN!), a nanny named Mary Catherine (MC) who has an obvious crush on Michael, and Michael’s father, Seamus, an Irish Catholic priest, who is always good for a laugh or two. In this third installment, Detective Bennett is tasked with the unthinkable – locating and stopping a man with a personal vendetta against the rich. This sicko is kidnapping and killing young adults who come from wealthy and elite families. In this case, he has help from FBI agent, Emily Parker, a kidnapping specialist from Washington, D.C. As Michael and Emily race around New York City trying to locate the missing kids before it is too late, a tentative romance appears to blossom between the two. I am very intrigued by Emily and I hope we’ll get to see her again in future stories. I want to know more about her and her past. Patterson seems to have set her up to return to New York City at some point. Time will tell!
All in all, this is another quick and suspenseful read from Patterson, with co-author Michael Ledwidge. I am enjoying the Michael Bennett series very much. In his trademark 2-3 page chapters, it is quite easy to consume this book in one day. I thought this was a great story, with lots of twists and turns. I’d recommend it to other Patterson fans!
Side Note: There was something in this story that confused me a bit. Many people described the killer as being in his late fifties. When we were introduced to him, didn't he say he was in his late twenties or did I read this wrong? This is the only part of the story that really confused me and it was not clarified, so I feel like I read it wrong or something! If you know, leave me a comment! Thanks! ...more
This book is the first in Gemma Halliday's new Hollywood Headlines series, featuring star gossip columnist, Tina Bender. Tina reports all the HollywooThis book is the first in Gemma Halliday's new Hollywood Headlines series, featuring star gossip columnist, Tina Bender. Tina reports all the Hollywood dirt she can get her hands on. But when she gets a death threat, she's determined to find the culprit among Hollywood's stars. Her boss, Felix, who we first met in the Maddie Springer series, hires a bodyguard named Cal to watch over her. Do you see where this is going? There is a romantic spark between the two, but the romance is very PG rated. The book is focused more heavily on the mystery aspect than on the romance between Tina and Cal.
For those of you who are fans of the Maddie Springer series that Halliday penned, you will be happy to see a familiar face (Marco!). This story is laugh-out-loud funny, but a bit cheesy and outrageous! I loved all the characters, especially Tina's octogenarian aunts, Sue and Millie. Sue is hard-of-hearing and has memory problems and Millie has visions problems. Paired together, these two are a laugh riot!
This is a cute and light mystery that, overall, I enjoyed. I thought the ending was ridiculously cheesy and outrageous. I was actually shaking my head as I was reading it. I mean, where do authors come up with this stuff?! It's definitely funny, but WAY beyond my level of believability! If you are looking for a fun mystery with just a touch of romance, I'd recommend this one! I'll be looking forward to reading more in this series - even if they are filled with crazy plotlines!...more
I really enjoyed Tangled by Carolyn Mackler, although I was slightly disappointed with the execution of the story. The story is told in four alternatiI really enjoyed Tangled by Carolyn Mackler, although I was slightly disappointed with the execution of the story. The story is told in four alternating parts by four teenaged characters: Jena, Dakota, Skye, and Owen. In part one, we are introduced to Jena, an insecure high school girl who is heading to the Caribbean with her mom, her mom's best friend, and her mom's best friend's daughter, Skye, an actress/goddess/boy-magnet who makes Jena feel inferior at every turn. While in the Caribbean, Jena becomes smitten with another young boy on the island - Dakota. As romance blooms, and Jena begins to feel confident in herself, something happens that changes everything.
Part 2 is told from Dakota's perspective one month later. We learn about his past and what he is struggling with on a daily basis. I really felt for Dakota. He is setup as the typical jock with girls who fawn all over him, but underneath all that, he's just as insecure as the next teenager and dealing with some pretty intense emotions regarding a traumatic incident that recently happened to him.
Part 3 we delve into the psyche of Skye, the actress/up-and-coming starlet, who is just as damaged as Dakota. Skye is an intense character with a lot of pent up issues regarding her father. She reminds me of those popular girls in high school, who turn out to be the most insecure of everyone. Looks are deceiving when it comes to Skye. The cliffhanger ending of her story left me stunned!
Finally, part 4 is all about Owen. Owen is Dakota's younger brother. He was also on the island with Jena, Dakota, and Skye. Owen is the stereotypical geek who has a secret blog called "Loser with a Laptop". This is his outlet for expressing himself and what he is feeling. I really liked Owen's character. He reminded me a bit of myself (LOL). You can just picture the awkwardness, the insecurity, and the emotions of teenage-ness. It felt very real. I liked how his story wrapped up.
Overall, I liked this story, but I was expecting these four stories to be more "tangled" together than they were. We get glimpses of the other characters in the other parts, but I didn't feel the connection between them all. The alternating viewpoints were easy to follow, but I was left wanting more - to see them more enmeshed in each other's lives. This is definitely worth a read, but I was slightly disappointed.
This is a beautifully written love story that draws the reader in from page one. The characters felt so real that I was instantly drawn into their stoThis is a beautifully written love story that draws the reader in from page one. The characters felt so real that I was instantly drawn into their story, feeling their ups and downs, highs and lows. The author truly has a gift for words that kept me furiously turning the pages, eagerly anticipating what would happen next.
The story begins in 2006 where we meet Brian Weller, a bestselling author who recently lost his son in a terrible accident that left his wife in a coma. As he struggles to cope with the loss, an unexpected e-mail changes everything. It is from Joanna Richman, his first true love and, arguably, the love of his life. As e-mails are sent back or forth, Brian decides to head back to Boston for a book signing and to reconnect with Joanna.
The story then shifts to 1991 when Brian and Joanna met. It was love at first sight, but Joanna isn't available. She is engaged to another man, Erik Ruby. He is mean, manipulative, and egotistical, seeing Joanna as a possession that he must own, flashing his money and stature at every moment. Even though I knew the outcome, I was rooting for Brian and Joanna, hoping things would have worked out and they could have been together. I could feel the emotions between them and truly believed that they are soul mates. Erik, learning of Joanna's affair, manages to force Brian out of her life. Although I did not agree with how Erik handled things, I can understand where he was coming from. I think he did love Joanna, but was more concerned with having a "trophy wife" than actually loving her for who she is.
The story then shifts back to 2006 and Brian and Joanna's reunion. It is heartfelt and full of emotion. But, will anything change? Will Joanna learn the truth about her husband? Will Brian and Joanna get another chance?
I was impressed with how well this story was written and how much I cared about the characters. This is truly a remarkable love story that I would very highly recommend. I am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author.