Well, well, well. That is all I really have to say about this first book in the Dark Sword series. There is really nothing remarkable about this particular highland romance. It is a basic story with a touch of the paranormal but, other than that, it is a very basic romance. This has the making of a good series but, if you look at it, the story has been told many times over. Three brothers, who are very close, share an adventure and are obviously going to find love one by one as will their friends. There were almost no surprises and a great deal of syrupy sweet romantic moments between the main characters. The medieval highland theme provides a wonderful setting for romance but if you are looking for something with more depth you will probably be disappointed. For a trilogy with humor, lots of unexpected twists and turns, and still full of romance, you may want to take a look at the McCabe trilogy by Maya Banks. All three books are worth the credits or the cash price!
This book has the potential to be so much more! It actually, reads more like a short story and can appear unrealistic because it takes place over a few months but moves fairly quickly. In the beginning of this book, the main character seems a bit shallow. Please don't let that fool you. If you feel discouraged or lose interest, try to stick with it. It is a book that will cause the reader to take a look at things many of us take for granted and, hopefully, will help us understand why we may want to remember things are not always the way they appear on the surface. I'll just say that it is a good reminder that families are rarely as straight forward as they may seem from the outside. No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. It is a good book for both young adults and older readers. If you are looking for steamy romance, you'll not find it here. Nor will you find a fast-paced action-packed story. There were times when I could have cheerfully shaken the main character and asked her what time it was when she stopped having good sense but, for the most part it is a book I'd recommend.
Well, she has done it again! This author is a master of weaving the complex threads of each member of a family’s life into a story that will not just reach out and touch the reader but more like grab the reader with both hands. This book was offered as a Daily Deal and is another that would probably not have come to my attention had it not been offered, thereby, forcing me to take notice. I can tell you that the story is composed of a lot of selfish people who each believes that he or she is the most important person on the planet until they are forced to acknowledge that they are all just parts of a whole. Jodi Picoult has the ability to take modern, currently, controversial topics and turn them into a story that will hold the reader’s attention from start to finish. There were certainly times when I wanted to slap almost every character in the book but even that did not take away from the story. I say “almost” because my favorite character by far is, without a doubt, Judge, the service dog. What does a family do when they have to decide which of the children should live and how much is too much? Is one child more important than another? Are parents really capable of treating all of their children equally or are they just human? These, and many more are all questions you’ll find yourself asking while reading this book. Try to remember it is alright to get angry and to take sides but, whatever you do, don’t give up on the book. It is well worth it! In fact, were I in a book club this would be a perfect selection! I love the Daily Deals!
This book has the potential for another wonderful Nora Roberts trilogy. The story is set in Ireland, a favorite setting for the author, and is obviously written with a great deal of attention to detail on her part. I had one of the songs they’d sung in the pub stuck in my head all day. She Starts the story with a quick flash back which is in no way tiresome as some flash backs can be. When a cousin goes to Ireland to learn about her past she gets more than she was expecting. At first I didn’t like the main character but, somehow, I found myself on her side halfway through the book. It is clear that this is another romance where she has pretty much set up the couples at the beginning of the book. By the title you can probably tell there is a great deal of magic running throughout the entire book. It is very accurate and well done. If you like Nora Roberts and her ability to create a story about magic, and spice it up with just the right amount of romance, you’ll love this book. I’ve only just finished today and I am anxiously awaiting the next one which I believe should be released in May of 2014. I believe it is called Shadow Spell. The only thing that takes away from the listening experience is that the narrator makes everyone with an Irish accent sound like they are about 90-years-old and having a hard time breathing, but, she is still pretty good. It really is a great book!
Thank goodness for Daily Deals. This is one book I’d probably have never found had it not been featured one day. This book is riveting to say the least. There is really no other word to describe it. There are times when I found myself thinking, “You are not that stupid! Really, you just cannot be that stupid! Are you?” Even with these moments, Defending Jacob is an excellent read and listen. The narrator is awesome. He knows how to bring the listener into the story without over doing it. If you enjoy legal thrillers that will keep tossing things at you that you never see coming, you really need to read this book. There is little I can say without spoiling the story, however, prepare yourself for a great deal of, what the…” and “are you serious…?” moments. I am pretty good at figuring out the endings of books, a quality I do not necessarily enjoy but one that comes from reading a lot of books, but not this one. I was completely blown away by the ending. Don’t misunderstand me. You will have a couple of moments where you just want to skip to the end but don’t do it. You need to catch all of it. Anyway those moments are few and far between. All I can really say is keep track of the Daily Deals and read this book!
It is difficult to say which is my favorite between books 2 and 3. This book, as expected, explains much about what happened so long ago. There is very little down time in book 3 and a great deal of surprises. The Harper bride is stronger than ever in this novel and even the publisher’s summary doesn’t come close to describing how much she forces herself into the lives of all the characters. The way the truth is revealed and the path they take to find it is worth both the time and investment. Again, if possible, try to read these books in order. It only adds to the experience and makes the truth so much more satisfying. This is a wonderful series and I can’t recommend it enough!
With the second book in this series, the anticipation and excitement continues. After finishing the first book in this series, I immediately had to red book 2. Wow! The Harper Bride really has a temper and Susie Breck, the narrator, comes through again by drawing a picture with her voice of just how she feels. Once you’ve finished this book, be prepared to dive head first into book 3. It is irresistible and compelling. Did I mention I love this series?
This first book in the series is yet another example of Nora Roberts’ mastery of weaving together a story’s past, present, and future. I know there are some who will skip prologues because they feel they spoil some of the stories but don’t do that because the prologues set the basis for each book in this series. If you like a great plot with characters that develop and grow, you’ll love this one. It is an intriguing storyline without the need of graphic sex scenes. There are sex scenes but they are tastefully written and are not overly graphic. The story could actually stand without them. The narrator does a really good job with the way she uses her voice to bring the characters to life. I purchased this book as a part of a special and could not resist purchasing the other two books separately in the series. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed this read and am anxiously awaiting the latest series from Nora Roberts coming out at the end of the month. Try to read the books in order because each one builds on the next. You’ll not be disappointed!
This is one of my favorite series. I am always willing to pre-order any of J. D. Robb’s books. While this is a great book, I didn’t feel like Eve was really on her game. She kept missing key steps in the investigation process that she would have never skipped. Also, many of the regular characters do not put in an appearance until a very moving gathering at the end of the book. Please don’t let this put you off the book or the series. It was still a good read and one that will keep your attention throughout the entire story. It does touch on some characters from whom we’ve not heard in quite some time and is well worth the time and money. I’ll definitely read it again!
I love time travel, however, this was a tedious read. If you enjoyed the first in this series you will probably be disappointed with these characters. The main players in the story are very one dimensional and it is hard to enjoy what has the potential to be a good story when the main female character is very selfish, pushy, whiny, and is constantly breaking her word. The story has promise but I found the length far too long. This entire story could have been finished in 4 to 6 hours. Although the concept, time travel, is definitely fantastic the plot is repetitive and disjointed. The author is obviously extremely talented and I don’t like to criticize a promising series but, after the first book this was very disappointing. I want to be fair so if I find the others to be better I’ll certainly write a more positive review.
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