While the Wreck was well written and some of the characters were interesting, the main plot just didn't seem plausible to me. Someone who is traumatized by witnessing a violent event does not "snap out of it" 15 years later, and suddenly act and feel normal. People can & do recover from many difficult experiences but usually it's a gradual process the involves counseling and setbacks. This story had potential but .....
The premise is interesting: can Americans survive in a world without cellphones, electricity and grocery stores. Not really! Julia, a Ohio prison manager used to dealing with dangerous criminals, escapes the city where looting & murder is rampant. She is discovered unconscious by Arden, a farmer attempting to protect his property and food supplies. Julia & Arden are soon joined by Ben, who grew up on the next farm and comes home to find his parents were murdered by roaming gangs. Both Ben & Arden are attracted to Julia and the drama starts- how can she want both men? At this point, I found this engrossing story start to get stupid. In a world gone crazy with death & destruction all around, these three spent too much time wondering "what people will think" of their threesome. While well written, the book could have been great rather than just good.
As a huge Susan Elizabeth Phillips fan, I have a hard time believing that she wrote this less than interesting book. I loved her humorous & warm characters in Natural Born Charmer, Ain't She Sweet and It Had to be You. Sadly, I couldn't relate to anything about Heroes, even though it was set in my home state of Maine. My mind kept wondering as I listened, got tired of rewinding and finally gave up.
While written with flair, the plot revolves around Jules (age 260 and Nate who don't actually do anything except have stupid arguments and energetic sex. Boring! Jules & Nate work in the same office which has a policy forbidding co-worker to date, so they are real rebels! Nate is domineering and possessive, which Jules chooses to believe is a sign of true love, rather than insecurity and immaturity. Besides working out together to keep their bodies in perfect shape, Jules & Nate don't have any fun hobbies, cute pets or participate in volunteer or civic activities. I lost interest and didn't care what happened.
I thought Playing for Keeps would be a fun read, but soon found the characters too immature to be engrossing. When 2 adults who teach high school can live next door and work in the same school & not be able to have 1 mature conversation about their differences in 5 years, I started to get bored. Then instantly they are best friends and sleeping together (without sex) and each is too insecure to believe he/she is lovable. Felt like a bad teen romance...
In the 3rd book of the Brown family series "Inside Out", nothing really happens. Ella & Andrew Copeland get together and we see glimpses into Erin and Brody's lives - but no real excitement. Not nearly enough to keep my interest, although I liked the first 2 books and Lauren Dane is a talented writer. Lucy Rivers is very good EXCEPT when doing the male voices.
All through Deadly Shadows, I kept thinking that "Jesslyn" (main character) was just too dumb to live until the end. Living in a small Rookie mountain town, she finds a close friend murdered and soon other bodies are being discovered in the area. Does Jess take basic safety precautions? No, she keeps doing things that no woman over the age of 12 would consider. She goes running alone; she hikes around a solitary lake at dusk; she whines when others are concerned about her welfare. While I enjoy an independent & spunky female character, one who doesn't use the brains God gave her is just plain boring.
As a Lora Leigh fan, I was disappointed with the plot and character development in Killer Secrets. The characters just appeared without much explanation, which was confusing and annoying. I kept drifting off and loosing track of the plot, so I quit listening.
I liked this story about Lanie, who was dating 2 cowboys on the rodeo circuit and didn't apologize for it. When the guys met and realized they were childhood friends, Lanie refused to choose between the 2 friends, leaving the men to decide between sharing and leaving. It was mostly a light-hearted, sexy story - slightly kinky but not abusive.
This book focuses on 2 couples in Muddy Gap: Abe & Janie and Renner & Tierney. I didn't find any of these characters particularly interesting, especially Abe who believed that inflicting pain was a sign of love. Janie, his ex-wife, supposedly grew a backbone after the divorce but instantly becomes a doormat when they started sleeping together again. Tierney, whose rich father is a complete waste of humanity, was a 26 year old bright but shy virgin. She allowed herself to become sexually involved with Renner, who borrowed money from her father to open a hunting resort. I found their sexual antics in the workplace were more stupid than erotic. The basic plot had potential, the writing was mostly good, but to me the men were too self-absorbed and the women needed more self-respect.
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.
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