This is the first book I have read by Mary Alice Monroe. It's pretty vanilla as contemporary romance goes, with an old-fashioned approach to the telling of a love story – no steamy sex scenes here. That could be good or bad, depending on what you like and your perspective. I found it refreshing. The story didn’t make me anxious to keep reading to see what would happen next, but it was enjoyable and definitely a feel-good book. If you like to watch movies on the Hallmark channel, I would recommend this book. But if you like a novel with highly developed characters with multiple dimensions and some edge, this would probably be a yawner for you.
Also, if talented acting is important to you in narration, beware. While I liked the author's voice and it seemed good for the story, the delivery of some statements was odd. Since her voice was pleasant I didn't really mind.
I knew this book would have profanity. And I can enjoy some edgy humor as much as the next person, but this book tries too hard and uses explicit language as a crutch on the limping path to humor. I think it could have been funny if it had been dialed back a bit, without EVERY single line sounding snarky and vulgar. If you are looking for a break from the typical cheesy romance novel you might like this, but be aware you’ll have to enjoy or look past the crude writing to get there.
I really tried, but could not get through this book. While I liked the male narrator’s style, I found the woman’s performance annoying. Every line delivered with a sad downturn at the end of the sentence, lacking any variance in tone, emotion, or inflection. It was too monotonous for me. The book itself may have gotten better if I could have hung in there, but I found the numerous random lists of “Ten things ...” didn’t add much to the story and felt contrived. Overall, a disappointment.
Although the premise of this book is really unlikely, it was another fun read. If you enjoy light romance/fiction I recommend Milly Johnson's books. The Birds and the Bees is the best so I would start with that one or Summer Fling. In the Yorkshire Pudding Club was a strong focus on the process of pregnancy, but I enjoyed that and found it interesting. As always the book celebrates the friendships that women have.
I enjoy Milly Johnson's books, I wish there were more of them available in the U.S. I think The Birds and the Bees may be my favorite. Although the story follows a predictable formula, the author creates that irresistible pull to see what will happen next. A very enjoyable light read! I give it 5 stars not because it's a masterpiece or would receive critical acclaim, but for the genre it is really wonderful stuff.
I've tried a few of the the vampire/werewolf stories - Sookie, Kitty, etc. I really want to like these but I just don't get the whole genre I guess. I know many people enjoy these so I'll focus on what is unique about Molly Harper's How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf. The story was decent, and I like the whole Alaska angle. But the "southern sassy" routine the main charater did so often got kind of annoying and seemed forced. Even though I wanted to like this, don't think I'll read the next in the series.
I really enjoy most of Mary Kay Andrews books. Savannah Blues was the first one I read and is at the top of the list, along with Summer Rental. It's one of those - woman starting over after her life falls apart - my favorite kind of story. Very enjoyable!
A contemporary novel - beautifully, artfully, deliciously written. I love love love the way Barbara Samuel writes. This was a real pleasure, didn't want it to end.
I understand that sometimes a book needs to disturb you enough to affect you - but the pain has to be worth the gain. Although the message in the end was good, this writing was draining, and a bit like slow torture. Instead of wanting to find out what would happen next I found myself dreading the next sad/bad thing that would happen to the main character. I did see the humor at times, but the overall picture drawn was so relentlessly sad that I couldn't enjoy it when it did occur.
So I might be too old to read this, about an 18 year old girl and her last summer before college. But I like a good coming of age story and this seemed like a good choice. I must say I really enjoyed it. The author has a subtle, patient writing style that allows a story to gracefully unfold, without feeling forced or rushed. The characters weren't totally predictable which I like. And best of all it had a wonderful ending. Total satisfaction!
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