After three disappointments in a row, I was ready to give up on this series. I'm glad I gave it one more chance - because this one is Classic Plum - complete with laugh out loud funny Lulu, hot Ranger moments, silly criminals and exploding cars.
My only complaint was not enough Grandma, but with so much else happening, she still managed to make herself heard.
I've been rereading Jo Goodman this week, and this is probably the fifth or sixth time I've listened to the Compass Club series. Every time I do, I am surprised at how wonderful each book in the series is written, how much I enjoy the characters, and the amount of sleep I lose for not wanted to turn off the iPod and go to bed.
This first installment introduces the four young boys who became the four points of the compass, their school - Hambrick Hall - where they first became sworn enemies of the Bishops, their mentor Colonel Blackwood, and, of course, Madame Fortuna. Madame considers herself a sham fortune teller until she meets North and the family gift suddenly makes itself known.
And so begins a tale of intrigue, love, lust, and greed. Libby has secrets she dare not share, Within these pages you'll find cat burglars, spies, violence, lost innocence, found love, family loyalty. deep friendship, and lusty love scenes - not to mention a few silly wagers, and an inkling of how the Bishops might figure into the rest of the series.
This book will suck you into a world Jo Goodman has created with brilliant attention to detail, complex characters, and leave you wanting more.
My personal benchmark for a good book has always been whether or not I would read it again. Some books are actually better the second, or even third time around. Tempting Torment is one of them.
I left this one on my "shelf" for longer than usual because it isn't really my favorite time period. I generally prefer Regency or early Victorian settings. This one is set after the Revolutionary War, with a hero who is involved in re-writing the Articles of Confederation.
It begins in England with a heroine desperate to save an infant heir from an unscrupulous pair of guardians, moves to America and includes just about everything anyone might want to see in a period romance novel. Highwaymen, a nasty ex-fiancee, a huge loving family in the background, a hero behaving like a jackass, and a long suffering heroine - not to mention a background written so well that you feel as if you are there.
I hope the author will make more of her books available on audio - and you will, too after you hear this one.
I love stories that include a selfish, spoiled sister who gets her just desserts. Add a tragic hero with way too much pride and an unappreciated heroine, and I'm happy as a clam.
I would have enjoyed it more with a better narrator. Not to say that this one was terrible, because she wasn't - but the best ones don't make you stop listening to the story because you've noticed the reader.
Will I listen to this again? Yes. Will I buy the rest of the series? Yes.
First, the narrator sounded way too young for such a serious story. And it was definitely a serious story.
My main complaint with this book is unfair to the author - it just isn't the type of romance I prefer to read.
The story will appeal to those who enjoy a teeny bit of the supernatural with their romances. Those who enjoy super-rich heroes with snobby mothers will probably like it, too.
It wasn't badly written, the characters are fairly well fleshed out and the back stories are engaging, but it's just so sad it depressed me.
My personal benchmark - Will I read this book again? No, I don't think so.
I read this book some years ago and was glad to see it on Audible. Just the idea of marrying a dying soldier for convenience sake is filled with all sorts of delicious conflict for an upstanding young gentlewoman, and Ms. Putney didn''t miss any of them.
I am so happy to have this in my audio library and look forward to more by the same author coming available.
Will I listen to this again? Absolutely Yes.
This is the best of the 11 Troubleshooters books I've read so far. Robin and Jules love story was almost more romantic than Annie and Ric - but only because I'm a hetero female. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
If you've listened to more than one Cynster novel, you probably know the formula, and yet, like me, continue to buy because the characters are cozy and familiar.
This one is better than some - less repetitive description, more interaction between hero and heroine, and reappearance of characters from older books.
If I had one complaint, it would be the paucity of Lady Osbaldestone's acerbic dialogue.
(Has anyone else noticed that change of narrators means change in pronouncing her name?)
I liked it, which means I will listen to it again - my personal benchmark for any book.
Virgin River books are supposed to be about Virgin River citizens. Naming someone Riordan or making them a Sheridan and plopping them down into the bar is not enough to give them VR status - unless you include updated back story on the characters to whom they are related.
Angie and Patrick are both good characters, but their story didn't need VR to "work." Throwing the ever-annoying Mel into the mix with very little reason didn't do it. I love this series, so I'm willing to forgive quite a bit.
I can't complain about the ending without giving it away,but I will say that wrapping up the story felt like a race to the finish.
My other complaint is that Virgin River, a rural community dependent on deep relationships between neighbors, has generated far too many over-achieving professional women in recent volumes. How many attorneys. savvy businesswomen, doctors, etc. do we need in this tiny town?
The really good characters inevitably move away to find success elsewhere or become names on a list who appear at the bar for a potluck.
My fondest wish is for Mel to roll that Humvee down a ravine so Jack can find himself a new wife I can stand.
There weren't any surprises, which is a shame, as the writer shows she has the right tools at hand.
I'm going to have to listen to the Stone Creek novel by the same author before I can make a fair decision on whether or not to add Ms. Novark to my favorites list.
Will I listen to this one again? No, I don't think so, and that's my benchmark for romance novels.
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