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This was a totally implausible, yet highly entertaining piece of fiction. Shelby Nichols is a highly likable well-drawn character. Uncle Joe is the ruthless, yet loyal and good-hearted Mafia Chieftain. Enjoy the selection; it's all in good fun; even the gunfights that kill multiple people.
Nice little story here; it has a bit of subtlety to it and is quite erotic. It manages to keep a nice pace while processing gradually. The narrator does an excellent job with a voice that is sultry and sexy without being over the top, as many of the erotic selections are.
The first half of this selection takes a lot of stomach to get through; in fact you may not be able to do it without frequent use of the FF button. Tina comes off as an immature hypocrite, Kenton is a sleaze and a user and Vixen comes off as something of a sociopath. With a brief recovery Tina becomes halfway likable; then after a brief interlude of peace Kenton rears his ugly head yet again.
At that point I gave up; if it's pure erotica personality can be ignored and all actions can be excused. However once you create characters with real human emotions; with some definable sense of humanity; certain things are off the table. In this selection they bounce back and forth between cardboard cutouts created for gratification and human beings with human emotions. Add to that an unsympathetic if not unlikable lead character and the whole thing becomes unworkable. Do yourself a favor and let my bad experience save you one; pass on this one.
It was only thirty six minutes and obviously with this type of story the plot is secondary but this one was a pretty good story and was well told. Maria and Rosalie's parents develop a relationship and then marry thus making the two of them stepsisters. Rosalie soon develops a crush on her beautiful stepsister Maria and sets out to seduce her. It happens in a way that doesn't feel forced and is quite well done.
As with Melissa Brayden's How Sweet it is an older sister dies and her partner soon hooks up with the little sister of her woman; one who still carries the remnants of a childhood crush.
In this case Dr. Laura Wright is killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Her younger sister Dr. Pam Wright returns to their hometown of Ann Arbor, Mi. for the memorial service and there she's reunited with her sister's first love Trish Tomlinson and away we go again.
Pamela's crush which has basically been kept alive by her childhood memories for twenty years is resuscitated but so is Trish's attitude towards Pam as her girlfriend's little sister, will Trish's attitude ever change and if so will it work out for them?
By consensus this one ended up getting a 5 star rating from the cadre; though if possible I would have rated it at 4.2 to 4.4. There were a few jarring turns and inconsistencies in the narrative that left me scratching my head. The story itself was quite stirring emotionally and the Afghanistan scenes feel real. The manner in which the protagonists came together felt forced and unrealistic however the conclusion was excellent.
Still I can only wish that those plot twists that elongated the story needlessly had been avoided and the narrative would have been allowed to proceed without all the excess drama.
Small town Alabama librarian Daisy Minor decides on her 34th birthday that it's time for a change; so she gets a makeover and begins going out to a club on weekends. There she sees the wrong people doing the wrong things and puts her own life in jeopardy.
Daisy is a great character and some of the interplay between and the Half-Yankee Sheriff Russo is really very funny at times. The reader Deborah Hazlitt does a great job narrating it in such a way that she remains funny and her southern accent sounds quite authentic. A better listen than much of Ms. Howard's library due to the humor.
The militant lesbian author Rachel Wallace is being threatened and needs protection; do you see where we're heading here? That's right Spenser to the rescue; he becomes her shadow and hilarity ensues. In actuality the initial portion of the book is mostly humorous with Rachel and Spenser arguing patriarchal nomenclature and gender politics. The tone of the book changes when Rachel is kidnapped and Spenser loses much of his sense of humor.
There had been an earlier confrontation with an anti-gay protester in front of one venue where Rachel was speaking. When a connection is established between a woman Rachel had a one-night stand with and the protester, well you just know there will soon be a solution unveiled.
This is one of the better Spenser novels along with Early Autumn and the Godwulf Manuscript the best of Parker is exhibited. Obviously this book is one that I recommend highly.
The story deals with grief and family. With small town businesses competing with, and usually losing to franchises and chain stores.
Molly O'Brien has taken over her father's bakery and is struggling to survive in a world ruled by Starbucks. Her Wife Cassie has been dead four years now but the pain is still fresh and she hasn't even started to move on. The upcoming occasion of her father-in-law's 60th birthday has brought home Cassie's younger sister Paula. Paula is a film producer and in her medical career family constitutes not only under achievement status but makes her the family black sheep. As a child she'd longed for Molly in the manner of a younger sibling having a crush on her older sibs girlfriend. Paula is now all grown up and hasn't yet overcome that long ago childhood crush on Molly. Or it has at least grown into something more now.
They do the best they can to keep their attraction within acceptable limits, particularly Molly but this is a romance novel, so you can guess how well that works. At least in this case there is a logical reason for their trepidation; after all hooking up with a sibling's ex is likely to create some tension in the family even if the sibling in question is dead.
I've only been reading this genre for two or three years now and one of my first impressions of it was that the amount of drama was way overblown; a reliable source informs me that it's not. The whole lack of communication thing is another story.
There are less cliches and usual plot devices in this work than in the standard type in this genre. A bit too much Hallmark Channel in spots but this selection is still in the upper echelon of the genre.
A couple of members of my current cadre chose this one; probably just to gaze upon the abs of the cover model. At $1.95 it didn't seem like that big a deal either way so i added to my wish list and eventually purchased it for them; it turned out to be money well spent. A nice little piece of romantic about two people overly effected by their childhood circumstances.
Regan, the female protagonist never does anything without a plan. Our male lead Brock likes to affect an attitude of the laid back underachiever and a man like that has no place in her future.
So here we have a pretty archetypal setup for way too many romance novels; the only thing that can save this stereotypical plot is likable characters that engage our support. Which is exactly what the author has managed to do. Well that and tell a pretty good story; one that manages to create quite a few likable characters as well as several good story lines; Reed and Sophie are particularly good additions to the book. The groom Colton has a good buddy speech for Brock as well; the kind that only works coming from someone you love and who you know loves you. In the end of course everything is tied up nicely.
It's an excellent bargain purchase well worth the price.
This isn't one of the western authors iconic books, but in my opinion it's straight forward simplicity makes it one of his best. Flagan Sackett's escape from the Apache/ Ute makeshift tribal group mirror's several events that actually occurred during the 19th century. His ability to gather food on his own is a fascinating look at man's ability to survive. There are fistfights and gunfights that occur once he regains his strength and other members of the Sackett family have battles with the Dunn's as well. As always the biggest weakness in his books is a lame cookie cutter romance with a silly girl who finally gets her head on straight and marries our hero.
My dad and uncle read westerns so I began reading them as well. This was the sole author of the genre that I continued to read past my mid teens. It's not any sort of great writing; and though the author is credited with more than 100 books if you've read 10 or 12 of them you've read them all. They are formulaic and extremely predictable. His books are easy listens moving swiftly with plenty of action sequences, plus you can follow the stories with less than your full attention. A good listen if you have a nighttime drive ahead of you, or while puttering in the house, the garage or outside on your lawn.
The setting for this book is the area where I was born and not far from where I now live. That was my original reason for risking a credit on 21 hour book. It is usually difficult to sustain interest in a book that long because there is often a lot of filler material in a book that long. There is some of that in this one but I'm glad I gave this selection a chance.
The twenty one hours went by much quicker than I thought they would because this is an excellent audiobook. This in spite of the fact that it took the two of them longer to make a move on each other than it has any couple thus far in the 21st century. The verbal sparring and repartee engaged in by Maddie and Syd as well as between David and Maddie is both witty and funny. I'm not sure how old the author is but the sexual banter between the two of them has all the wit and verve of a Three's Company episode. An excellent touch here is so much of the activities and dialogue of the people in a small mountain town that the author gets right. Far too often authors or narrators unfamiliar with the area try to shortcut getting right by assuming all southern towns, as well as all southern accents are the same. Well they're wrong; no matter how much they might believe Carroll O'Conner in 'The Heat of the Night' and Andy Griffith talk the same; they don't. Roma Jean Fremont the girl who continually falls down around Doctor Maddie Stevenson isn't fall down funny but is a nice little humorous aside.
This is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to for awhile; great story.
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