First impressions are important and I had never heard of Lynda La Plante, long time followers know I absolutely adore Karin Slaughter. After seeing thFirst impressions are important and I had never heard of Lynda La Plante, long time followers know I absolutely adore Karin Slaughter. After seeing the visually appealing cover, I looked at is closer and was rather impressed with the praise spoke by Karin Slaughter slapped on the cover.
When I started reading the book, I was not disappointed at all. Lynda La Plante has a way of drawing you in and capturing your attention from the get go. The reader gets to follow Jane Tennison as she is going through the struggles of trying to earn her way onto the detective squad and dealing with the male ego on a daily basis while trying to work her way up.
There are two cases going on in this book, one of which keeps you guessing who done it, the other you get to watch both sides as the story unfolds. It is a spell binding story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, all the way to the very shocking twist at the end.
Lynda La Plante is an absolutely talented writer and I am just dying to get my hands on book two in the Jane Tennison series....more
I wanted so bad to fall in love with this book after seeing the cover, thankfully it didn’t let me down. I find the cover attractive – they used the pI wanted so bad to fall in love with this book after seeing the cover, thankfully it didn’t let me down. I find the cover attractive – they used the perfect image, fonts, and colors. The male model is actually one I find kind of cute (I am not a fan of the ‘muscles’ a lot of people like). The story starts out with the two main characters meeting. Alex and Libby both feel the pull of lust, but neither are willing to give into it right away.
I liked the story line, two high profile business people meeting and lusting after each other. The reluctant romance was believable. It only took me three days to finish this book, I could have done it faster if I hadn’t had to chase around the littles. While I did like the story line and it did flow nicely, I kind of think I would have liked it better had it been told in a first person point of view.
My favorite thing about the book was how they were both involved in charities and how Alex is a total sweet heart underneath his raging sex drive and businessman demeanor. I recommend this novel to anyone looking for a steamy romance with a side of sweetness....more
First impressions are important and the cover of this book drew me in instantly. Something about the image and the font used for the title are just soFirst impressions are important and the cover of this book drew me in instantly. Something about the image and the font used for the title are just so perfectly complimenting to one another. The story is told from alternating view points between Gemma Picton and Jack Grant. It flows very nicely from beginning to end. It is a perfectly balanced, breathtaking romance novel. There isn’t anything that I didn’t like about it.
My favorite part of the book was how the characters complimented each other so well. The chemistry between them was very believable and it develops and intensifies over the course of the story. They seem so easy to relate to and realistic. While there are hot and steamy scenes, they don’t dominant the entire story. You get to watch a ‘forbidden’ love blossom and see the chemistry and characters grow and heal.
It was amazing the way the author manages to put pen to paper about grief and the trail of destruction it so often leaves behind. The story was sweet, moving, and oh so hot. I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys romance, including those who are just starting to dip their toes into the genre....more
I have been sitting here at my computer, trying hard to put my thoughts about this novel down on paper. I really liked this book and the message thatI have been sitting here at my computer, trying hard to put my thoughts about this novel down on paper. I really liked this book and the message that it puts out there. I will start by saying that this is not my usual type of book. I usually prefer stuff that is fast paced and that keeps me on the edge of my seat. This is a slower moving, rather uneventful book compared to my usual.
This is the story about a popular girl, a girl who plays soccer and gets good grades. Someone who would never put her future at risk with drugs, until she does. It jumps right in at the beginning with Paul (Kayla’s boyfriend), Cass, and Sarah (Kayla’s best friends) looking for a missing Kayla at a party. They finally find her unresponsive and their world changes forever.
What I liked the most about this book is how it is written in a way that allows you to relate to the characters on a deeper level. You get to see how they feel, how they deal with their grief and moving on. It accurately displays the stages of grief and how different people deal with it. It isn’t a book that it full of legal or medical details, instead it is full of emotional journeys.
The characters were easily to relate to for high school kids. As a parent I really appreciated the fact that it pushes the fact that anything can happen, even if it’s “just once”. It opens the door for some rough discussions. The book itself deals with drugs, parties, cliques, rumors, depression, therapy, medication and side effects, love, loss, moving on, and family. It’s a heartbreaking tale with a touch of hope at the end.
This is one of those books I recommend to parents as well as teens. There is some mild language, but I am sure teens hear worse in school these days anyways. While the ending left me wanting more (How did Cass do on her test? How is Paul? How are they all dealing now – as time continues to march on?), it was still a very good ending that left me semi-satisfied....more
Just recently I realized that I actually like romance more than I thought. Erotica – no. Romance – yes. I happy agreed to review the new Harlequin DARJust recently I realized that I actually like romance more than I thought. Erotica – no. Romance – yes. I happy agreed to review the new Harlequin DARE imprint and I was happy that books I received to review were labeled as contemporary romance. I picked Ruled to read due to the Motorcycles – I mean who doesn’t like a man on motorcycle?
The story started out with more of a narration feel to me, like they were talking to me and telling me a story versus me reading a good. That feeling doesn’t seem as strong throughout the rest of the book – but it does still linger. I actually found the characters a little ridiculous because the instant chemistry was a little far-fetched and I just didn’t click with them the way I normally like to with characters. I did however love the alternating view points, I don’t think I’ve ever read a romance novel were it switched back and forth so flawlessly and in the perfect spots.
There is no shortage of steamy, raunchy sex scenes. It actually feels like the book may have too many sex scenes and sex related scenes for me. Is that actually possible? It is a good smut novel – if you are into that stuff (I am not used to this sort of book). While I would label it ‘too hot’ for my personal preferences I am sure it is just right for others. I was all sorts of squirmy and uncomfortable trying to read this in the waiting room at my doctor’s office (Fun fact: I was also ten shades of red!).
I did love the background story and how the main character, Eve, is a woman who fought to make her way in the world despite the environment she was raised in. She was a very strong female lead and even though she did one thing in the end that made me think ‘no, she would never’,I still felt like this was a good read and I will still be giving the second book in the series a go. Besides – there is one thing that I still have no clue how it’s going to turn out and I cannot wait to see how it unfolds and what impact it will have on Eve....more