I am a huge fan of SB. I've read all her books. And I do like the Navy SEAL series, though I notice the thing keHero fabulous, heroine very irritating
I am a huge fan of SB. I've read all her books. And I do like the Navy SEAL series, though I notice the thing keeping the hero and heroine apart pretty much always is the same: The hero is a busy SEAL who is gone on missions all the time, and he just can't imagine any woman putting up with that for long, so he avoids serious commitment.
Thankfully, SB does add another wrinkle to this book to keep it from being totally predictable: Bobby, the hero, who figures he can only offer a fling to the heroine, Colleen, since he is never home, feels too guilty to do that because it would betray the trust of the heroine's brother, Wes. Wes is Bobby's best friend and warned Bobby that he better never go to bed with his "little" sister.
OK, this brings me to the heroine. I put in my header that I think she's irritating, and here's why: SB, through this heroine, brings up the well-known fact that in the big, bad city, women often feel unsafe. Colleen hates being leered at and her body commented on by men. She is a "stacked" 23-year-old, the kind of woman that gets lots of whistles and catcalls. So what does she do about that sort of thing? Mainly just resent and ignore it. She chooses to live and work in a very bad part of town, and she takes no precautions at all for her safety or the safety of any other women she knows and works with. Not only does she have no knowledge of self-defense (which you'd think her overprotective SEAL brother would have insisted she get years ago), but she has no basic common sense either. Her only "weapons" are charm and refusing to back down even when faced with a threatening group of men. (When that second technique worked, it was only because, unknown to her, Bobby was standing behind her giving his mean face to this fearful gang--and even this obvious proof that her "technique" didn't work didn't wake her up.)
More insanity: Colleen actually sleeps with the windows wide open in her apartment, with a fire escape right beneath one of them. And when Bobby is mad about her death wish, she just laughs at him, as if personal safety is a joke. Also, even though a woman she works with was put in a coma from being beat up by mutual enemies, the heroine refuses to take any precautions because she won't take the threat seriously. On top of that, she plans to go into a war-torn Middle-eastern country filled with genocidal terrorists to help neglected, mixed-race orphans--which, OK, sounds noble on the face of it. But...the idiot is dragging along 11 other civilians as dumb as her about safety. AND, to make it worse, she refuses to even consider that Bobby, who insists on going along and has gotten a SEAL team to protect them, might know more about safety than she, and that she should defer to him to save her butt. No way. Her independence is all, even at the cost of her life and that of others. What a jerk!
I think that it is great that romance heroines are getting stronger all the time, but this woman is suicidally cocky. How does this presentation of a "strong" woman help women? The answer is, it doesn't. I believe SB needs to read Gavin DeBecker's Gift of Fear and Beauty Bites Beast before she writes her next book and get real about what strong women really look like. Maybe then she can give us a heroine who exists for more in a story (other than sex scenes with the hero) than to stupidly put herself and others in danger so the big, bad SEAL hero can save her from herself. ...more
I read this book because I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. When I heard Ms. Evanovich admired this auGood start, but doesn't live up to its promise.
I read this book because I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. When I heard Ms. Evanovich admired this author enough to ask her to rewrite her old short-contemporary romance, Full House, from the late 80s (which original book I own, along with every book Ms. Evanovich ever wrote), I though, well, that's a huge recommendation. And, when I first sat down to read this book, I admit, I was delighted that the book had some laugh-out-loud funny moments at the very beginning. However, the problem is, very rapidly, all the humor went away never to return. After thinking it over afterwards, I've concluded the major reason this is so is that the author has a very flat, unlively voice. And, secondly, the heroine is very unsympathetic, because throughout the book she is constantly in a foul mood, and, as a result, pretty much all the time unjustifiably harsh to the hero. And she isn't hard on him in the way common in romantic comedies where the two carry on a kind of fake animosity expressed in funny repartee. Nope, she simply comes off as an ill-tempered shrew who rags on the hero because she's mean.
Another aspect of the book that I found really irritating is the way everyone in town treats the villain, Willie Jack, constantly sneering at him in a way that is absolutely guaranteed to make any sociopath go off his nut and commit acts of violence--like the rest of the human race, they tend to loathe being "dissed" (treated with disrespect). This sneering behavior might have been understandable in the general populace of this small town, who aren't law-enforcement professionals, just ordinary people--if we ignore, that is, the fact that their crudely cruel behavior violates Hughes's initial and ongoing premise that the heroine is transferring from the big, bad city of Atlanta to a pleasant, little southern town full of lovely, nice people, such that she can finally leave off her rough exterior and feel safe and at home. But as for the heroine and the hero and their constant sneering at WJ, both are experienced cops who very well ought to have known (if the author cared to make them have any realistic relationship to the state of modern police work among all but "renegade" cops) that sneering at psychopaths is an insane attitude in any cop these days who has had a modicum of training in how to prevent violence. Cops today are required to *never* sneer at anyone, and speak to all people, at all times, with respect. Which only makes sense, because even if they wear a bullet-proof vest at all times, there's no telling when, if you "diss" them, some psycho will pull out a gun and shoot you between the eyes. Beyond all that, though, I think the ultimate reason that everyone universally sneering at WJ hurts Ms. Hughes's plot is that it leads readers to actually feel sorry for the poor slob instead of seeing him as all-bad (as the author obviously hopes we will see this very one-dimensional villain) and therefore become unable to celebrate the event where he "gets his" in the end, an important fulfillment for the audience of all novels and movies with villains.
To sum up, then, my main complaints with this romantic comedy are that it isn't very romantic--I felt sorry for the hero, who seems like a nice guy, for tangling up with a barracuda like the heroine. And aside from the very beginning, it isn't funny. The light mood that is an essential part of romantic comedy is also jarringly violated by the author dumping murder and mayhem into the plot. By doing this, Ms. Hughes's story loses out on two counts: the harsh issues she covers get trivialized, and the light tone she is supposedly shooting for gets stomped into the ground.
P.S. After reading this book, it is not hard to figure out why the rewrite of Evanovich's Full House by Ms. Hughes has, sadly, turned a formerly lively, funny, sexy book into a flat, un-funny, un-sexy, drab book that over 70 readers so far (including me) have given 1 star to. She makes the exact (I mean it--*exact*) same glaring mistakes in that book she makes in this one (see my sum-up paragraph above). ...more
Kate is only 17 years old, but she knows exactly what she wants out of life. She isn't going to waste timeThis book is flat-out funny--it made my day!
Kate is only 17 years old, but she knows exactly what she wants out of life. She isn't going to waste time on college because she's pretty darn smart already. She's going to make a million bucks before she's 25 as an entrepreneur, and she is well on her way, because she's got a great plan to make a lot of money, fast. After being asked out by a popular jock named Brandon, she suddenly finds herself looked up to by every girl in school as the Dear Abby of dating. Girls want her advice on how to hook their own hottie, and they are willing to pay her very well for the information. The only catch is she really needs some male assistance to pull this off, but she soon solves that problem by bringing in Dal, her best friend's older brother. Dal is willing to help her out for a cut of the take.
My 16-year-old daughter gave me this book, telling me she loved it, and I can see whey. This book is absolutely side splitting. Sure, Kate is cocky, but I love that in a heroine. She knows what she wants, and she goes after it, and darn the torpedos. Dal is a great love interest, too, and the love triangle of Kate, Brandon and Dal is adorable.
I highly recommend this book not just for teenage girls but their moms who are looking for a fun, quick read. ...more
I ran across this book recently at the library. I had a strong memory of reading it years ago and enjoyiDoesn't hold up well in today's fiction market
I ran across this book recently at the library. I had a strong memory of reading it years ago and enjoying it. The main thing I recalled was that I'd really liked the premise of a telepathic connection between two lovers who had never physically met. Unfortunately, as I read it again, after years of exposure to fast-paced movies, novels and TV shows, I found myself really impatient for the hero and her phantom lover to actually meet. For me, as a romance-novel junkie, that is when a story truly begins. Also, though the descriptions were, in and of themselves, well written, they really slowed down the action. ...more