I enjoy Nora Roberts's novels especially the Boonesboro Inn series, but this title was disappointing. It was just too predictable. You knew everything that was going to happen long before it actually did. A lack of surprises makes for a boring book.
The characters and story haunted me so I couldn't put this down. This is not just a romance, but Nora Roberts builds a great story, develops believable characters, and you have to know what is going to happen next. The reader was outstanding. It was unbelievable to me how well she could carry both male and female parts, and switch from one character's accent to another. She could read as a patient southern male, a proper and cautious young woman, as well as both young and old Russian men with consistency and accuracy. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Yes...very engaging...different !
The mystery, yet deep emotional attachment issues
A better understanding of victims and courage. Very suspenseful
One of the best books I've read lately !
I always enjoy Nora Roberts but this book was by far my favorite. The storyline was so interesting and the main character so compelling that I truly enjoyed every minute of it. The narrator did such a good job I'm going to look up other books she has narrated to see if I can get another one. Can't give this one enough stars!!!
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.
Great book! I was addicted from the start.
The main character, Liz, is a strong, intelligent woman who knows how to handle her man and her gun.
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?
There are SO many parts of the story that just repeat themselves over and over again- an example: every time there is any emotional confrontation, predictably & understandably Abigail had all kinds of emotional hang-ups but there are only so many times you can listen to the heroine say "I'm not good at this!" or "I just don't know what to do!". Honestly, it becomes flat out irritating after some time.
With that said, aside from the prolonged repetition the basic story line is great- although the love scenes are a little snooze-worthy, and un-needed.
This was my first, and I'll try one more book from her
The 2 main characters were so well developed and so well read!!!!!
A great introduction to Nora Roberts - the story line was original and a you really felt the emotions as the plot unfolded