I enjoyed this book. Sometimes I grow impatient with timid characters like Julia. She cowered and trembled a few too many pages for my taste; but still, I remained in her corner throughout the story. Plenty of angst and tortured souls. If you're not a fan of heavy literature, some of the exchanges and references are a bit pretentious, but are necessary to reveal the inner workings of Gabriel's mind . These conversations reveal the musings of two brilliant but socially challenged individuals who have, thus far, lived very sad lives.
Anyone with a family will appreciate the imperfect and absolutely realistic characterizations of family relationships. There's a dad who can still give his adult children a scolding..and they still know they have to listen.
Be prepared..there is a sequel. This story comes to a conclusion..sort of. There are many loose threads remaining. A couple of the supporting characters were more engaging than the hero and heroine, in my opinion. All the ingredients for a series.
The performance was pleasant, although the sound of the narrator's voice and his speech patterns sound a lot like H.A.L. (2001 A Space Odyssey). Once it occurred to me who the narrator's voice resembled, it made me giggle and was somewhat distracting from time to time, but that's my problem, not the book's.
This may sound like a negative critique, but revealing my list of positives will give away too much. All in all, worth the credit, but I will likely read something a little sunnier before returning for the sequel. Something sans Dante.
Chalk up another victim of the Fifty Shades fad. I will never understand what is attractive about a male character who is an overbearing, disrespectful, won't take "no" for an answer jerk. Why is it entertaining to witness the disintegration of a competant, self-sufficient woman? This man goes beyond 'alpha' or 'possessive'. He's a freakin stalker. Not romantic. Its not that I found the sex scenes shocking, just unhealthy.
Guess I didn't do my homework and the publisher's description was, shall we say "incomplete".
If you are put off by the Fifty Shades sub-genre, skip this one.
Where's the story? Lots of the reviewers described themselves as Southern girls and were tickled with this book. I don't know why they're not insulted by it.
Blake, the main character is a lawyer. Quite an accomplishment, but mention of her career takes a backseat to baby showers, clothes and the wonders of Aquanet. A murder mystery sort of hovers around the edge of the story, but that's gettin in the way of planning a wedding so it gets wrapped up in ScoobyDoo style and we get on with the Fru Fru wedding (the wedding is planned by "A Fru Fru Affair" event planners.)
Here's the worst part. Blake is in a failed marriage with a senatorial candidate. Though they have already decided on divorce, they are keeping it a secret until after the election, and presenting themselves as a happy professional couple. Although Blake says Harry is a lousy husband, he'll be a good Senator. Geeeeez. He's dishonest and a womanizer, is that what this author considers good Senator material? Meanwhile, Blake is having an affair with the lead investigator of the city police department. There is some discussion about not getting caught, but nothing about any ethical dilemma.
I didn't look to see when this book was written. If it weren't for references to cellphones and other technology, I would have assumed it was 1950 something.
My recommendation..save your money. If you like books about Southern women's lives, try some Deborah Smith. You get the idiosyncrasies and charm of Southern life, but her women have made it to the twenty first century.
The concept of time travel is fascinating fodder for writers and readers. No matter how carefully the writer tries to cover the bases, I'm always left with those "but what about..." questions that are fun to puzzle over after the book is finished. This was simply a nice read. I really wish there was a 10pt rating system, because I have scored some much better books with four stars, but this one is better than three stars. Let's say this would be a 7 out of 10 stars.
The story gets right to it. There's a time travel love scene in the first few minutes and the rest of the book is built on that encounter. Katherine is a likeable character, but not very complex. Iain is a handsome sixteenth Scottish Laird who is kind and brave etc. You have to have a soft spot for him because he actually gets very emotional contrary to the stereotypical Scottish romance hero. The story switches back and forth from Iain's time to the present, a device that can be confusing, but I thought the author handled it quite nicely.
A secondary romance develops between Katherine's brother Jeffrey and friend Elaine. This relationship is superfluous except that it does provide a necessary link at one point.
The story comes to a nice ending and is wrapped up with a handy dandy epilogue.
The narrator does a good job providing a variety of Scottish character's as well as Katherine and Jeffrey's American voices.
This is just about the romance between characters born 500+ years apart and makes no real attempt to explain how time travel happens. There are some lapses too (this changed as a result of travel, so why didn't that..?) Those kinds of pesky little details tend to distract me, but if you can let them go and just enjoy this story, it is pleasant.
This was bad. From the vague descriptions of possible reincarnation that went nowhere to weird sex scenes, this was just a strange book. Initially Elza dresses like her dead brother Charles to comfort her mentally troubled mother. Then she dresses like Charles to travel safely, etc until she developes what I guess is a bit of a conflicted identity. That's one storyline. Right off the bat, Elza abandons her children to her cold and politically ambitious husband. That took away any possibility for sympathy for the "heroine". I've tried to find something positive to say..I did like Mechelle, a gallant General of the French Army who becomes an obsession for Elza, but that's it. I only stuck it out and finished the book because I was sure she'd do something climactic with the reincarnation story or whatever she was hinting at. That did not happen.
The narrator was not pleasant to hear. I felt like I was listening to a book club reading.
My recommendation on this one is to save your money.
This is more crime novel than romance. J.D. Robb always has good reviews so I stepped outside my usual genre when this book was offered as a Daily Deal. (I LOVE the DD promotion by the way.)
This is a story of a New York police detective, Eve, set in the 2050's. The book was written in 1995, so it's interesting to see how we're progressing toward the author's descriptions of life 30 plus years from now. She missed the mark with books on discs and I'm surprised that the author thinks we'll still use cash, but other concepts were interesting. I was horrified, however, to contemplate a future where real coffee is so rare, it's a treat for the wealthy, like caviar. Gasp!!
Politics are at play: conservative and liberal factions are still battling it out. Amidst this political backdrop, Eve fights to stop a serial killer who has sworn to kill again. The first victim is the granddaughter of a conservative party Senator, so Eve must must contend with the forces of political special interest while trying to solve the case. Eve has an abusive past that she has blocked out, but facets of this case are reawakening terrible memories.
Enter Roarke, a fast lane billionaire with liberal politics and a fancy for collecting outlawed guns. For a variety of reasons, Roarke is an early suspect and on top of everything else, Eve has to deal with her growing attraction for him.
The story line is well executed, and the guilty party didn't become apparent immediately as is the case in many books. The subject matter was just not for me. If I want crime and dark human underbelly, I'll watch the news. Fiction, for me is about seeing the world through rose colored glasses. Aside from just finding the crime genre unpleasant, some aspects of this book are disturbing. There is an all too graphic description of a child molestation in progress. I believe that being honest and talking about such taboo topics is important in the battle against abuse, but including them in a quick production novel just a few pages from adult sexual encounters just seems "icky". I didn't like it.
So, for now, I will continue to get my fiction fix with pollyanna romance novels and get my dose of reality from reality. The author has thrived with this name and this genre without me and no doubt will continue to do so.
Narrator is good. Roarke has an Irish accent and she does that well.
If you are a sucker for a wounded hero, you'll like Vincent. This is the second in the series featuring members of the Survivors Club, a group of veterans of the Napoleonic wars.
Vincent lost his sight in battle and longs to regain control of his life despite his blindness. He is terribly handsome, "beautiful" is how Sophia describes him.
Sophia is the "poor relation" of a wealthy family who reside in Vincent's childhood village. She has taken on the persona of a "mouse". Neglected and ignored by a series of relatives, she finds it easier to blend in to the background. She finds solace and an outlet for her true witty personality and imagination through her satirical sketches. The author spends way too much time telling Sophia and us how unattractive she is. I understand the author's point that Sophia and Vincent were not aesthetically equal, but didn't need to be constantly reminded that she wasn't supermodel material.
Vincent and Sophia meet and through of a series of events agree it would be beneficial if they married. This book tells the story of their relationship. It is a very sweet story that takes the time for the romance to develop and grow. Each provides the other with support and encouragement that allow them to overcome their obstacles.
This is a lovely romance, period. There really is no drama, no relevant mystery and no single climax to the story that I can specifically remember. While I appreciate that the characters were more realistic and human than those of many romance novels, it would have been a little more interesting if a serious villain was thrown in for good measure. In place of that villain, just plain nasty relatives didn't keep things as interesting.
In summary, if you want a warm and fuzzy romance, this is a genuinely heartwarming tale and worth the credit. If you like adventure and some "swashbuckling" you may find this a bit lacking.
Rosalyn Landor is an outstanding narrator. She brings each character to life.
I downloaded this before all the drama that began with the silly FOX interview. In my opinion, any controversy about the author's "right" to publish this book is just ridiculous. This is an historical work, not a religious text. Jesus' concern for the un or under-represented factions puts him in the most positive light. He is portrayed as a real human being dealing with injustice and bravely taking action.
On the downside. This might be a book better purchased in print form. As someone basically ignorant of these in depth historical debates, it would have been helpful to reference the extensive notes included in the print version.
The author has a perfectly good voice and delivery, so don't be put off on that account.
I appreciate when the author of a time travel book makes an effort to explain how the time travel happens and sets at least some rules for the traveler and the catalyst.
Ms. Mayhue does that in this story. Okay, so there are no interesting scientific explanations for the occurrence, just fairy magic, but at least she laid some ground rules and followed them.
This is light, fun reading. Highlanders, kilts, time travel, clan strife, a Scottish king; all the standard post Outlander fare. There is one twist, however, that I liked: the intermingling of the heroine's present-day family with the yesteryear characters. Don't want to ruin the story for you by further detail.
I recommend for lovers of time travel romance.
This is the first Pamela Clare book I've read. I will definitely read more. There are good guys, a really evil guy and, surprisingly for this genre, a complex guy (Wentworth) who you assume will be evil, but turns out to be sort of decent when you consider the times in which he lives. It's a stretch, but I can see Wentworth being rehabilitated as the hero in a future book???
This is such a good light read. You get historical romance (light on the historical creds, I will admit) a happy ending and the setup for future Rangers stories. There are steamy scenes including one really kind of weird shaving scene ......
This is also the first Kaleo Griffith narration for me. He is so very good.
I highly recommend if you're looking for a good story, a good narrator and a little more character complexity than romance novels usually provide. .
Good story. The story and relationships are a little meatier than a lot of books in this genre,
But the best part was the descriptions of the magical effects of different flowers and plants. It was all presented so well that it seemed plausible you could whip up a love potion cupcake in the kitchen. (I have added a few edible flowers to my garden this Spring! Just in case.)
Worth the credit.
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