At first, I considered stopping at chapter 3 or 4 because I found Maddie’s decisions and behaviour embarrassing – those of a stereotypical dumb blonde. However, Maddie is self aware enough to know of her foibles & that makes them easier - so I ploughed on. I am glad I did; parts of this story are so funny, I laughed until I was nearly crying. This degree of enjoyment from a book doesn’t occur very often. For this reason alone, I would recommend the book.
Luckily the book has more to recommend it than just humour. Characters have their idiosyncrasies that make them enjoyable to get to know. Dana makes a great best friend. Jack is character who is both a no-nonsense – ‘stay away & let the cops do their job’ cop and a good guy with some social skills that allow him to be sympathetic to the chaos Maddie stirs up.
I will be trying book 2 in the series to see if the author is able to include this degree of humour in Maddie’s next adventure.
Although I am not happy about it, some authors have decided to divide one story into three books. However, Bromberg ends book one before any pieces of the plot come together. The cliffhanger ends book 1 in the middle of a conflict .
Rylee has been surviving after a big loss. In the story, she meets a gorgeous, self confident man to whom she feels an attraction for the first time in ages. Colton Donavan has issues of his own that prevent him from participating in more than a one night stand or a fling type relationship.
During their first encounter, they both feel the chemistry. However, chemistry or not, Rylee keeps getting her emotions shattered by Colton. Why would she do that?
If cliffhangers are your thing, the writing is good, the narrator is good, and you will enjoy the series. However, cliffhangers are not for me - even though at the end of book three, I know- well I am almost sure - everything will wrap up into happily ever after.
An American - gorgeous of course- travels to southern Italy where she meets a gorgeous Italian lawyer at the behest of her grandfather who asks her to deliver a gift.
Stefano's life is structured around an all-encompassing work task.His situation adds to the story line - it is a bit different than the typical workaholic.
A lot of the story is their whirlwind affair - in Lisa Marie Rice style where the women climax almost instantaneously and men show their feelings for their leading ladies by needing to orgasm so badly that foreplay is not possible!
In my mind, the Italian rates 4 stars for very good, instead of just "good" due to the plot. Stefano's life is not typical as I wrote above. In addition, Jamie - the American - faces a life & death dilemma - which I feel that Rice described well.
I bought this book as it is a "happily-ever-after" book without too much suspense - just the listen I needed at the time.
I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks over the past few years. I read the review of Rules of Engagement at Goodreads and maybe some Audible listener reviews. I must disagree with all reviews. The story starts off with an uptight lawyer, Vanessa, with MAJOR control issues who arrives in Hawaii for her best friend, Lucy's wedding. Lucy's brother Joe arrives late to collect her and Vanessa harangues him about his tardiness and is THEN upset that he wants to carry one of her bags to his car. She has never even met this guy before.
The narration is monotone.
I quit at this point.
Presumedly, beautiful Vanessa is going to get it on with the gorgeous Joe. But really, why would laid back Joe want to have sex with an uptight control freak. I can suspend belief when necessary but really...monotone narration and Vanessa's character makes Rules of Engagement over the top.
Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cooper and her partners-in-crime, Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, explore New York's underground water supply system to solve a mystery. Alex and her detective friends are on the war path looking into the lives of a complicated American family of Irish ancestry. Listeners have the opportunity to enter some of New York's underground world.
I wish I had bought the unabridged version.
I enjoyed this book and have since listened to book two. This tale is easy to listen and has enough story-line to keep me keen to return to find out what happens. Stacy Justice and her faithful Great Dane work to solve a mystery when her cousin's bar is burned down. Stacy lives in a small town with colourful friends, family, and neighbours.
Nanny and the Professor is not very original. I should have known better. A run-of-the-mill romance. Cassie, a nanny, moves in and the small Kingston family flourishes. Cassie's relationship to Eric adds a bit of a surprise. A lightweight happily-ever-after story.
Jake Sullivan is an ex-con turned detective and shafted by J Edgar Hoover. He has the power to bend gravity. I think he is the main character. However, it is hard to be sure as there are so many people introduced into the story that I found it difficult to keep them all straight. Their lives intersect but by that time there are many names floating around in my head.
I like Faye and her grandfather - both able to travel from place to place. This is the first of an as-of-yet two book series - with a third on the way.
Kissed by Fire starts off where Kissed by Darkness ended. I suggest readers listen to book 1 first. I like the characters: each with his or her own idiosyncrasies and personality. I like that the story is not predictable. Morgan continues to develop new talents. We learn more about both Morgan's and Kabita's interesting families.
Imaginative. Often funny. As good as the best other Linda Howard novels . Lizette has creative adventures. You will want to read this. Worth the credit.
I like happily-ever-after books. I do. The title gives this away. I am not revealing secrets. The start of the book is engaging. However, Ally does not seem to have matured much from her first wedding days. So why would Burke find her to be "still the one"? The narrator does a good job. The grandparents prove to be entertaining.
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