As a huge dog lover, I had high hopes for this series but I couldn't get past the first few chapters. Maybe if the dogs talked and the humans were quiet...
I made the mistake of purchasing the first 2 books in this series before leaving for a long weekend of driving, hoping for enjoyable entertainment on the road. I found the first book was extremely disappointing - rich Australian playboy seduces young American girl with no self respect.
Since I had nothing to lose, I started the 2nd book, where Jack (29) decides he loves Laurelyn (22), tracks her down in the states and tries to win her back. However, Jack seemed to care only about his own emotional & physical needs, asking Laurelyn to leave her country and career for him. What a prize!
I didn't finish it and don't believe I missed much....
Jack, a 29 year old Australian millionaire, was not an interesting or likeable character to me. Yes, he was a loving son, brother, and uncle but thought women not related to him were just alive to meet his sexual needs.
Enter Laurelyn, a 21 or 22 year old American girl with a self-absorbed mother and absent father, who was desperate for male attention. She agrees to be Jack's 3 month girlfriend, hopping into bed without any health screenings, putting up with secrets & bad moods and knowing that she will be dumped at the end. Really?
While Jack wasn't physically abusive (BDSM crap), he was not someone I would want a friend or family member to date. When exactly did our "romantic heroes" become rich idiots who treat women as objects? Also, the narration was strange and distracting.
While I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 Will Robie books which had touches of humor, The Target (3rd in the series) is just too dark and cynical for my tastes.
It was incredibly well written and compelling but I had to fast forward through too many parts (prison camps, torture, graphic murder scenes).
I tried several times to finish the book - I am a huge Davd Baldacci fan - but I eventually had to stop listening. I enjoy suspense, mystery and action without the blood, gore & guts.
In the beginning I thought that An Executive Decision would be interesting, but after a while I found this book just silly, not romantic.
I gave up half way through the 3rd book in this juvenile series, Although the characters were over 25, it felt like I was listening to a bad teenage soap opera. The narration was excellent, which is probably the only reason I got this far.
The saga of Nina (24) and Tristan (29) dragged on for hours: well meaning lies, family misunderstandings, make-up sex, sinister strangers, murder plots and more unprotected sex.
While parts of the story were funny and the writing was engrossing, I was frustrated when this couple did not learn to honestly communicate when wearing clothes.
While the writing was excellent, the main characters Nina (24) and Tristan (29) acted more like immature teens than young professionals.
I hope someday this author writes a series about confident, responsible adults - a book doesn't need endless, contrived drama to be engrossing.
I thought this was a book about 3 mature & confident women (late 30s, 40s) who are looking for adventure and love. Not so much...
Instead, these women were as insecure and timid as teenagers who didn't know their own minds. They don't talk to the men in their lives about anything important or even confide in their female friends. What martyrs!
These women go to a sex club to "have their sexual attractiveness" validated by strangers. Seriously? What a disappointment.
While amusing at times, I found the characters to be a little young & immature for me (over 45) - might be fun novel to under 25 readers.
While the writing was good, I found the main female character Sarah to be wimpy, boring and sometimes just stupid. Sarah allowed herself to be pressured by the cool kids in high school to be cruel to Jackson, a poor boy who had a crush on her.
Next Sarah drops out of college to marry a rich man for financial security, never holding a job. When her husband becomes physically abusive she stays with him for years, even after having a daughter.
After her husband is killed, Sarah runs back to her home town and tries to hide from thugs who believe she has something valuable. Of course, she never reports anything to the police or carries a weapon to protect herself & child.
Somehow Jackson - all grown up, financially secure and too generous - is willing to take care of Sarah & her daughter (the kid is much more appealing than the mother), immediately falling madly in love. Sorry but I like strong, self sufficient women characters.
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