So far I have listened to more than 5 hours of this 6+ hour book and absolutely nothing has happened except talk, talk, talk. I can't believe this was written by the original author - there are too many details from the previous books that are totally wrong. Much of this book is spent retelling in minuet detail what happened in the first 7 book, as if the "writer" can't think of a new story line. There should be a law... What a disappointing end to a great series.
In the 3rd book of the Brown family series "Inside Out", nothing really happens. Ella & Andrew Copeland get together and we see glimpses into Erin and Brody's lives - but no real excitement. Not nearly enough to keep my interest, although I liked the first 2 books and Lauren Dane is a talented writer. Lucy Rivers is very good EXCEPT when doing the male voices.
All through Deadly Shadows, I kept thinking that "Jesslyn" (main character) was just too dumb to live until the end. Living in a small Rookie mountain town, she finds a close friend murdered and soon other bodies are being discovered in the area. Does Jess take basic safety precautions? No, she keeps doing things that no woman over the age of 12 would consider. She goes running alone; she hikes around a solitary lake at dusk; she whines when others are concerned about her welfare. While I enjoy an independent & spunky female character, one who doesn't use the brains God gave her is just plain boring.
As a Lora Leigh fan, I was disappointed with the plot and character development in Killer Secrets. The characters just appeared without much explanation, which was confusing and annoying. I kept drifting off and loosing track of the plot, so I quit listening.
I liked this story about Lanie, who was dating 2 cowboys on the rodeo circuit and didn't apologize for it. When the guys met and realized they were childhood friends, Lanie refused to choose between the 2 friends, leaving the men to decide between sharing and leaving. It was mostly a light-hearted, sexy story - slightly kinky but not abusive.
This book focuses on 2 couples in Muddy Gap: Abe & Janie and Renner & Tierney. I didn't find any of these characters particularly interesting, especially Abe who believed that inflicting pain was a sign of love. Janie, his ex-wife, supposedly grew a backbone after the divorce but instantly becomes a doormat when they started sleeping together again. Tierney, whose rich father is a complete waste of humanity, was a 26 year old bright but shy virgin. She allowed herself to become sexually involved with Renner, who borrowed money from her father to open a hunting resort. I found their sexual antics in the workplace were more stupid than erotic. The basic plot had potential, the writing was mostly good, but to me the men were too self-absorbed and the women needed more self-respect.
While the writing was excellent and engaging, the main characters (28 & 29) were unbelievably immature. Lexi is ashamed & embarrassed because she was born dirt poor in a dirt bag family. Jax grew up in a wealthy, cold Hollywood dynasty and was an infamous actor before quitting to become a stunt man. They both had good qualities and interesting careers that could have made Reckless a fun read. However Jax & Lexi spent too much time being self conscious, insecure and paranoid about what others were thinking of them. It's hard to care about characters who don't like themselves.
I really disliked both the main characters, Robert & Cassie. Cassie, a Harvard graduate and corporate consultant, was afraid to disappoint her heartless parents or break up with her boring boyfriend/almost fiancé. Then Cassie has a one night stand with Robert, who shows up again as a client of her firm and just takes over her life. Robert, while rich and good looking, is ruthless, cold and dominating. Cassie is weak, insecure and self-centered. They both gave me the creeps. Yuck!
As the 2nd book in a series about an art gallery where most of the characters are in their late 20s and 30s, possibly older, the emotional drama and issues are just too juvenile. I expected some kind of conclusion to the original question "What happened to Rebecca?" but there was just endless romantic, business & family drama. There wasn't one character that acted educated and professional, let alone like a rational adult. Exhausting and unfulfilling!
I was immediately intrigued by the storyline; Sara finds Rebecca's personal journals in an abandoned storage unit, and wonders what happened to her. Sara, a teacher with an art degree, goes to the art gallery where Rebecca worked, gets hired for the summer, and gets involved with Chris, an temperamental artist. Then the story becomes all about Chris, his emotional baggage, and her various problems (traumatic childhood, low self-esteem, no self respect). Once again, no one ever deals with abuse and neglect by counseling & therapy. No, Rebecca need others to validate her worth and Chris needs to dominate women and endure physical pain (in a BDSM club).
This book ends mid drama, which would have been acceptable if the 2nd book had been better. However, I am almost done the next book in the series (a solid 20 hours of listening) in which Sara is still immature & easily manipulated and Chris is a jerk more often than a prince. While there are some good parts and I really am curious what happened to Rebecca, I don't enjoy characters in their late 20s or 30s that act as if they are still in high school.
While the writing was quite good, the basic premise was beyond strange. A college professor has created the "dream machine" that turns dreams into video. Okay, that's not totally out of the realm of possibilities. Of course, this professor is a sex therapist who wants to use a person's sexual dreams to help overcome sexual dysfunctions. Okay.
When the professor man needs a guinea pig to test his machine, he enlists his assistant, a newly graduated therapist, a quiet reserved woman who secretly adores him. Next thing, he is asking her to get naked, be strapped down to a table and video tapped while he tests her reaction to sexual stimulation. After he "watches" her dreams, he re-creates her erotic fantasies by having sex with her exactly as she imagines.
All this is supposedly happening at a teaching university with the approval of faculty and board. Really??? While entertaining and funny in places, this book should have been in the science fiction section.
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