I have never read a Harlequin novel but I image one would read like "Witness"; full of implausible, over the top, two dimensional characters, who are blessed with the most unbelievable talents and capable of the most unbelievable behavior.
There is the domineering, cold hearted, "chief of surgery", evil to the core, mother and her pure, super intellectual, photographic minded, submissive 16 year old daughter, who, in spite of her amazing intellect; she speaks several languages, including Russian, and is wise beyond her years, is completely submissive to her evil mother. Oh, and btw, mom knows nothing of her daughters real interest; in becoming an FBI agent.
Then, this highly intelligent, rational and wise beyond her years hooks up with a 16 girl she barely knows, makes her a false ID, and together they hit the "club scene", knock down 5 "cosmos", hook up with the "hot" Russian club owners, who take them home and she remains standing and able to recall the horrific events that follow.
When the dust settles on the horror of the evening the evil mother appears and behaves like the evil queen in Snow White and when the protagonist is removed to the second safe house in chapter 4, or 5, she is met by a handsome, muscular, deputy in a tight white T-shirt and jeans.
If all this isn't pure Harlequin then I know what is.
Okay, this is my first, and probably, hopefully, my last Nora Roberts book. I guess that once an author is a romance writer, there are always a romance writer. Don't get me wrong, I am a sucker for romantic movies! But in novels, the genre is not my cup of tea. This book was selected to entertain my wife and I on audio during a quick weekend trip to Arkansas. Fortunately, I slept thru some of the early hyper-girl stuff (while the wife was driving), and to be honest, we only continued the book due to the absolute lack of anything else to listen to in rural Mississippi!
That said, the book was very good. Once the miserable set-up of "teenage girls trying to get laid" was over, the plot emerged and I was hooked. Except for the occasional relapse into "woman sacrifices herself to perfect man" episodes, the story and characters were quiet rich.
Yech. Alright I did it. Is there a way I can hide the fact that I read this book?
The facinating characterizations and brilliant story line
Its 21st century story line and characters - suspensful with a great "twist" .
Computer nerds and their knowledge around technology.
Abigail a wonderful insightful performance of a "damaged" persona.
Neither It did leave me feeling more vunerable to trusting computerized technology.
It encouraged my faith in human nature
It"s what would be called( if reading one's sel)f a "page turner" - made all the more enjoyable and suspensful by the brilliant "narrator"
No, but only because I don't like reading or listening to a book twice.
Liz. She was rather complex.
Nice narration and consistence in doing the character voices.
Nice diversion from the typical Nora Roberts. It had more depth to the story. The end wrapped up too fast.
This is my first Nora Roberts book. Can you believe that? For some reason I always thought a Nora Roberts novel would be "gooey romantic". Not a term I know, however, I truly enjoyed the story, the character development and the narrator. Julia Whelan is AWESOME, one of the best narrators I've heard so far. I do not believe I have ever heard a female narrator who can play sixteen year old girls, then a twenty eight year old woman as well as do southern male and female voices so well. Her understanding of the characters in this novel is truly amazing.
A perfect combination of a good entertaining novel and narration. I say, get this audio. It's well worth it.
Yes, I will probably listen to it again. The storyline was so interesting.
The murder scene and escape.
Russian mafia bested by an all American girl.
Yes. This was my first Nora Roberts' novel and I loved it. The story is so worth listening to again and again.
Both laughed and cried. Brooks is very funny as well as other members of his family.
This story starts off great and hooks you to go on (typical of old Nora Roberts style writing) and I just couldn't put it down...had to know what happened next. I think the reason I can't give this 5 stars is because the female lead character is so unlikeable as an adult it lost me. There was no chemistry between the two main characters, they simply "mated." I know this is because how Liz was raised but it caused a strange, stiff coupling. I loved Bert the dog!! I gave the story 4 stars because the beginning was so strong. I'm hoping for more from NR soon!!
The narrator was so-so for me. When there was a backyard BBQ party and several female characters were present it was hard to tell who was speaking. Everyone sounded the same. She wasn't the worst I have heard but wasn't the best either.
the story was a copy cat version of the Girl With Dragon Tatoo triology but not of the same calibor. the heroine was a genious, a hacker, an out law, with an abused past, lost and alone.
the hero was steady, patient, understanding and relentless in his persuit to win her trust. and of course there is the Russian Muffia and dirty police in the back ground. sounds familiar......?
don't remember. she is good.
not to read Nora Lofts again.
Reading and listen to books for me is one of the keys to a happy life.
If you want to get away and you want to use Nora Roberts this is the book.
Her reading skills
When they fell in love.
I like the characters so much I wished this was one of her trilogy books. But atlas it is not. So I guess I have to use my own imagination to see what comes next.