I usually don't miss the villain but I did in this one until near the end. Good misdirection. Could have been shortened a bit and there was a gratuitous "wrapping up" at the end that seemed added on, but overall, I'd download another by this author.
Typical writing by Laurens except that in this novel the plot is relatively thin, it's clear where we're headed almost from the first page, and it just plain takes too long to get there. I'm all for romance and sex, but when a single kiss lasts for 30 min of audio, that's overkill. The lead male is a little thin, and his path to falling for the heroine isn't fleshed out well. In contrast, the heroine is better developed, although she seems a little too adamant about the usual plot device of "aristocracy" and "commoner" falling in love. This book would be quite good as a Reader's Digest Condensed Book, but at it's present length it really drags.
I like all of Phillips books, this one gets 4.5 stars only because anything would be a comedown after "Ain't She Sweet". This has some familiar characters but isn't dependent on previous novels at all. Interesting characters, a bit predictable, but trademark humor and wit with good plotting. The kind of book where you know from the beginning where's it's going but you don't care because it's a darn enjoyable ride.
Her best novel yet. Complex, interesting characters. Involved plot with lots of overtones. I wouldn't mind a revisit in a future novel, though how she'd turn this into a series like the Chicago Stars, I don't know. Despite some nasty actions by some characters at times, you never really dislike any of the major protagonists. You really feel high when they do and low when they're low. I didn't want it to end.
Yes, you know how it's going to end, but you keep hoping for something different and in the end it's unsatisfying. So many questions unanswered, so much left hanging and apparently the sequel doesn't anwer much of anything. The premise is brilliant, and much of the execution is terrific, but something in the end is lacking.
Can't wait for the next installment. Imaginative, well written. A bit of Stockholm syndrome, but you buy it. This is a good book to listen to, well read, good voices. I can't wait until the next one arrives.
As always, Anne Perry is excellent. You almost think you've got it figured out and then you don't. Good view of life and society in the times, and as always with Perry, good thorough psychological portraits. Well plotted and enjoyable.
The heroine is resourceful but needs a man to help her out. The hero is afraid of committment but ends up committing. The ex is really nasty. The good guys win. Entertaining and well done, but quite predictable.
Heidegger is difficult, no question, but this 90 min was more about the man than then philosophy. And even for obtuse philosophy, the presentation wasn't very good.
Exactly what you'd expect from this set of authors. Excellent stories, good twists, intersting psychology. Well worth it.
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