This was a short piece which was tightly focused on energy and how to manage energy. It began from the standpoint that time is a finite resource whilst energy can be renewed. Then it went into the ways to renew energy. Great listen. I will undoubtedly listen to it again - something I do with very few titles.
I liked the tight focus. It focused on one area and covered it well. I'm definitely looking at more from the Harvard Business Review.
He was easy to understand, didn't speak too fast or too slow and seemed to impart an enthusiasm for the topic which was enjoyable.
Judging from the reviews there are a lot of people who enjoyed this book. For me the hero did too many things that seemed straight out of books about what abusers do. There is a very fine line between a hero persuing a heroine who might not be ready for a relationship or who might be afraid of a relationship with him...or afraid of the chemistry with him but this hero seemed to cross that line not once--but again and again and again.
My next listen will be Humbled by Renee Rose
She did an okay job differentiating the characters. I expect it would have been a stronger performance had the story had more to offer. The heroine seemed a bit dim in not being able to say no and mean no and call the police if the hero didn't leave her alone. The hero had the problems mentioned above.
I'd suggest reworking the story. There are some stories that really need the hero's point of view...and this seems like one that really did. If some of the story had been told from the hero's point of view then the reader would have had more of a sense of his thought processes and motivations for continuing to pursue the heroine after she said no, not once but two, three, four, five times. Depending upon how this was handled, it could have softened some of the creepy stalkerish vibes coming off the hero.
I purchased this book with great expectations, hoping to like it. I was basically highly disappointed. This was a didn't finish for me.
More fresh information - within the text of THIS book rather than freebies on the author's website and advertisements for his other books.
It may just be that this author is not a match for me. I just didn't care for the book. I'd hoped for something new in the world of positivity, positive attitude, etc. I didn't find that in this book.
I typically enjoy stories with characters with psychic abilities, and this book was not an exception in that respect. I enjoyed the realistic treatment of Loni MacEwen's psychic abilities...not so much as a gift...but as a curse that she couldn't control...which kept messing up her life. That part of the story was good. I enjoyed the hero who was a good match for her on many levels.
What I didn't like was the preachy nature. The author seemed to hit quite hard on how wrong premarital sex is...right before her characters engaged. The preachy nature overwhelmed a lot of other things that I liked and made what might have otherwise been a 4 or 5 star read only an average one.
I liked the ending. It was satisfying on all levels.
I liked her performance of Clint - the hero.
LOL - certainly NOT to remain abstinent till marriage. :)
Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite authors. I buy and read most of what she writes - though she is one of the authors that I tend to read sparingly because I don't ever want to be without one of her books to read. Though this wasn't my favorite it was a good read on a lot of levels and would have been a good read if she'd left out the heavy handed approach to premarital sex...particularly since her characters engaged.
Yes, I would definitely recommend this audiobook to friends who enjoy romantic suspense who are open to historical settings.
One of the big strengths of this book for me was the character of the hero Ian Mackenzie. Ian had some undiagnosed peculiarities that undoubtedly today have some long medical names, but back then the peculiarities weren't particularly seen as strengths or weaknesses but as madness.
Ian has a photographic type memory - though not just with things he sees or reads...but with things he hears as well. He has a strong ability with music, with math, and with other things. He also has trouble relating to people socially...crowds drive him crazy...he interprets things literally, not understanding jokes. These things make him a unique and wonderful character.
That he was abused and labeled mad because of these unique aspects made him a wonderfully wounded hero that it was easy to hope would get his happy ending.
I liked the realistic treatment of the heroes extraordinary abilities and his weaknesses. I liked the way that the heroine accepted his unique traits without judgment and without automatically thinking him mad. I liked that she trusted her instincts where it came to him. I liked her spunk and her willingness to stand up for herself and Ian.
This was my first Jennifer Ashley book. I will definitely be looking for others from her. This one was definitely worth the credit.
Maybe - but I'd probably stay away from books in a series as a general rule. It is possible I will pick up book 2 in this series sometime. I hate an unsolved mystery and this book left the mystery unsolved.
This book had a lot of characters and a very slow start. Spoiler alert: It ended with only a happy for now ending...and the mystery still unsolved...and I hear remaining unsolved till book #3.
I bought this book really looking forward to it and hoping to add a new favorite author to my list of favorite authors but this one missed that mark for me.
I recommend a lot of books, but this is not one I could recommend. I liked the characters, particularly the treatment of the blind heroine who likes movies and who works and walks in the woods and does all the other things sighted people do. I liked the hero. I liked the heroine's guide dog and her interaction with the dog.
However, the things I didn't like overpowered the things I did like. I struggled to keep the characters straight, especially early in the book. The scenes without the hero and heroine REALLY slowed the pace of the developing romance in THIS book and though those scenes may have served to plant seeds for the eventual solution of the mystery the mystery still remained unsolved. My major complaint with this book is that the ending wasn't satisfying in any way. The mystery wasn't solved and the romantic relationship just sort of stopped suddenly with the heroine thinking something along the lines of she didn't know what would happen later, but for now life was good. There just wasn't a sufficient pay-off in the ending - in ANY way. If the mystery had resolved or the conflict within the romantic relationship had been stronger and more powerfully resolved I would have been happier.
If I had it to do over I would definitely buy Ruthless again. Will I listen to it again? No. I never listen to fiction books a second time, nor do I reread books I've read before. There are too many new books out there to be discovered.
But I did very much enjoy this book.
I enjoyed both the hero and the heroine. The heroine had wounds...and the hero was definitely a bad boy. I am quite fond of bad boy heroes. There is something about the bad boy becoming good that I find powerful in romance.
There were many...but I don't want to give away anything.
I know a lot of people care a lot about the narration. I primarily listen to audio books so that I can do other things while enjoying a story. She provided the ability to be mobile while listening.
I liked the way she did the voices of the various characters.
It was a suspenseful read. I enjoyed Lolly's spirit, the fact that when things seemed stacked against her she thought about the situation and devised a solution.
Lolly's attempted escape from the couple who have taken her hostage in her home. It's very suspenseful. I can't really say more without giving away plot points.
Same as above
I liked Lolly's interaction with the hero's son.
The ending seemed a bit rushed...it seemed novella length when perhaps the story would have been better served with a bit more length...a bit of time to develop the relationship between hero and heroine AFTER the ice storm - in normal surroundings.
This book might appeal more to readers looking specifically for inspirational fare. I am not opposed to inspirational fare and do read in that genre - however this book just didn't seem to make it for me - either as inspirational or not. The book didn't hang together for me...the characters didn't seem consistent either throughout the book or within the context of the time period in which they lived.
Not from this genre as I've read a lot from this genre and usually enjoy it. I will likely think long and hard before I buy another book by this author.
I don't know - I really didn't like her voice for the heroine's friend. She made the dialogue seem stilted.
Frustration and dread. I actually dreaded listening to this book. Actually not wanting to listen to a book frustrates me because it is not like me at all. I'm an avid fan of audio books and enjoy both fiction and non-fiction in audio format. I preferred silence to this book - hence the decision not to finish it. There are too many other books to listen to that don't inspire such a reaction.
If either character had had the sense to come in out of the rain the book would certainly have been better.
The heroine watches a murder and is glued to her spot - unable to call the police. Then she's chased out of her office by the murderer. Instead of going toward people she goes away from people. The next day after receiving threatening calls from the murderer she goes poking around the scene of the murder.
Can you spell too stupid to live?
The hero after making a big deal about how the heroine shouldn't be alone is too busy installing his bosses new TV to pick her up from work...
I rarely write bad reviews...but this was just awful. I didn't finish it...which is also rare.
I've listened to a lot of things since this. I listened to the 50 Shades Trilogy which I liked.
Lola's performance was okay. She frankly didn't have much to work with.
It wasn't the characters that were bad - it was more that their actions didn't make sense. It was as if things needed to happen in the plot at certain times so the author just had the characters do things...things that made no kind of sense and made them look stupid.
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