The majority of the Agent cast characters are gone, whose unique personalities were the heart & soul of this series. The humorous dialogue & relationships between characters has been replaced by blood, guts & gore. The entire appeal of reading a series is following "people I like", not reading about heartless criminals.
Stick to the original cast or don't write a so-called series.
While the writing was excellent and engaging, the main characters (28 & 29) were unbelievably immature. Lexi is ashamed & embarrassed because she was born dirt poor in a dirt bag family. Jax grew up in a wealthy, cold Hollywood dynasty and was an infamous actor before quitting to become a stunt man. They both had good qualities and interesting careers that could have made Reckless a fun read. However Jax & Lexi spent too much time being self conscious, insecure and paranoid about what others were thinking of them. It's hard to care about characters who don't like themselves.
I really disliked both the main characters, Robert & Cassie. Cassie, a Harvard graduate and corporate consultant, was afraid to disappoint her heartless parents or break up with her boring boyfriend/almost fiancé. Then Cassie has a one night stand with Robert, who shows up again as a client of her firm and just takes over her life. Robert, while rich and good looking, is ruthless, cold and dominating. Cassie is weak, insecure and self-centered. They both gave me the creeps. Yuck!
As the 2nd book in a series about an art gallery where most of the characters are in their late 20s and 30s, possibly older, the emotional drama and issues are just too juvenile. I expected some kind of conclusion to the original question "What happened to Rebecca?" but there was just endless romantic, business & family drama. There wasn't one character that acted educated and professional, let alone like a rational adult. Exhausting and unfulfilling!
I was immediately intrigued by the storyline; Sara finds Rebecca's personal journals in an abandoned storage unit, and wonders what happened to her. Sara, a teacher with an art degree, goes to the art gallery where Rebecca worked, gets hired for the summer, and gets involved with Chris, an temperamental artist. Then the story becomes all about Chris, his emotional baggage, and her various problems (traumatic childhood, low self-esteem, no self respect). Once again, no one ever deals with abuse and neglect by counseling & therapy. No, Rebecca need others to validate her worth and Chris needs to dominate women and endure physical pain (in a BDSM club).
This book ends mid drama, which would have been acceptable if the 2nd book had been better. However, I am almost done the next book in the series (a solid 20 hours of listening) in which Sara is still immature & easily manipulated and Chris is a jerk more often than a prince. While there are some good parts and I really am curious what happened to Rebecca, I don't enjoy characters in their late 20s or 30s that act as if they are still in high school.
While the writing was quite good, the basic premise was beyond strange. A college professor has created the "dream machine" that turns dreams into video. Okay, that's not totally out of the realm of possibilities. Of course, this professor is a sex therapist who wants to use a person's sexual dreams to help overcome sexual dysfunctions. Okay.
When the professor man needs a guinea pig to test his machine, he enlists his assistant, a newly graduated therapist, a quiet reserved woman who secretly adores him. Next thing, he is asking her to get naked, be strapped down to a table and video tapped while he tests her reaction to sexual stimulation. After he "watches" her dreams, he re-creates her erotic fantasies by having sex with her exactly as she imagines.
All this is supposedly happening at a teaching university with the approval of faculty and board. Really??? While entertaining and funny in places, this book should have been in the science fiction section.
I thought the beginning was great; Jessica was a very likable character. She goes to a job fair, meets an interesting man (Jake) and they end up spending the night together. All good! Then Jessica is hired by a company that Jake owns, and the plot slides back into high school. Spoiler alert: Jake & Jessica spend all their time having sex at work, but never on their own time for reasons I still don't understand. Then Jake's brother turns out to be Jessica's old boyfriend, who left & broke her heart. Really??? I found the drama contrived & immature. There were some good parts, but not enough to make me care what happened in the end.
I wanted to like this book; the idea of female attorney (April) meets sexy male cop (Rogan) had potential. Unfortunately, Rogan is a "dominant" who thinks that April needs to learn to be submissive to him - big yawn! April is a caring, educated and supposedly smart woman who turns control of her mind & body over to a man she barely knows; that seemed more stupid and dangerous than romantic or erotic. Rogan needs to be in control because he grew up in an abusive family, as if becoming a control freak is therapeutic. I lost interest in both characters about half way through Give In To Me.
My 2nd book by Lacey Alexander, Bad Girl by Night, was better than I expected, since I didn't care for the first book I read. When it started with a threesome in a hotel room, I was afraid it would be just porn with no plot. However, the plot was interesting, Carly & Jake's relationship developed in an interesting way and there was no BDSM - I prefer my romantic stories free of violence.
I was pleasantly surprised with Kaleb, my first Nicole Edwards book. More than just romance and/or erotica, Kaleb introduced the seven Walker brothers and assorted friends living in small Texas town. While containing lots of kinky sex and graphic language, there was an actual plot and the characters were engaging & humorous. For me, the only drawback was one or two scenes with "spanking" which I find personally offensive - physical violence is not my idea of romantic behavior. The narrator was pretty good.
I thought this book was about a gutsy southern woman (Tilly) who is struggling to take care of her handicapped brother. Enter bad boy Boone, who was involved with Tilly's cousin, who was murdered about 10 years ago. Wealthy Boone comes home to the town thinks he's a killer and hires Tilly, who immediately starts acting like a mindless idiot. An educated and hard-working woman, Tilly suddenly allows herself to be beaten, humiliated, bossed around and embarrassed to please a man who shows her no respect or emotion. Not my idea of romance. Who wants a man who tells you want to wear, when you can bathe, insist on shaving your privates, exposes your body to strangers, thinks his needs are more important than human dignity. I want my credit back.
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