I had great hopes for a modern western drama about an 40+ widow (Gemma) finding love for a 2nd time with a 30+ hot cowboy (Cash) and his daughter (Macie) who he barely knows. Unfortunately, Cash immediately demands total sexual dominance from Gemma, an independent ranch owner who hired Cash as her foreman. When Gemma agrees without reservation to become a doormat, I wanted to scream and started to loose interest. Of course, Cash isn't quite so open-minded about sexual freedom when his 22 year old daughter Macie starts dating a part-time ranch hand/artist. I enjoyed listening as Cash learns to build a relationship with his grown daughter, Gemma becomes friendly with Macie, Cash learns to work with the guy dating Macie and Macie becomes more confident. There were some fun sex scenes but too many involved domination, hitting, and bondage of women. I can't help thinking: if getting tied up & beaten was that much fun, the men would be wanting the treatment, not dishing it out.
There must be at least 1 previous book involving the main character Sharon, a 30+ single mother and lawyer. I was confused & frustrated as if I'd missed the first half of a movie - there should have been a warning that Capital Scandal was part of a series.
Many things didn't make sense. Example, Sharon had a daughter (before law school) with a now-famous actor, but doesn't get child support. Sharon's personality, which had great potential, was never developed. While the plot was unique, it was too unbelievable in places.
I really enjoyed Deadly Gamble, my first book by Linda Lael Miller. Mojo (28) was a sarcastic, amusing and endearing woman who decides to become a detective; Tucker was a hunky cop who managed to be both sexy and good-hearted.
I was leery when Mojo starts seeing dead people, but her "gift" was portrayed in a way that made it blend with the mystery, not overwhelm it. Mojo's friends, family and pets kept the story moving fast with lots of laughs.
When I started listening to Delicious last summer, I really liked the character of Alyssa - smart, spunky and strong . I got sidetracked by another series and just now rediscovered this book in my library.
Well, the 2nd time around, I found Alyssa (club owner) even more engrossing and Tyler (her bouncer) to be a total sweetheart. However, Luc left me cold. In book 2 of this series, Luc tried to use his cousin Deke and Kimber to create the family he couldn't have by himself. So not my idea of a romantic hero.
In Delicious, Luc to ready to marry a woman he doesn't love because he wants kids and his wife to be a stay-at-home mother. What a sexist! I notice he doesn't offer to give up HIS career to change diapers and drive carpool. Luc assumes that Alyssa can't be sexy, independent and a loving mother.
Sadly, it took the entire book for Luc to get his head out of his ass and quit judging Alyssa for her former occupation (stripper). Ironically, Luc & Alyssa first met when she was the entertainment at bachelor party where Luc was partying. So it was okay for Luc to watch a stripper, but something wrong with a woman who is a stripper - what a double standard!
While Shayla Black is an incredibly gift writer, I would like to see her create more enlightened male characters and less cavemen. I'll bet there are women like me who think secure, mature, and caring man are much sexier than dominating jerks.
In the first chapter, when Delaney agrees to perform a live sex show for her husband Eric with his best friend Tyler, I was incredulous. Just because Eric (cop) was wounded & temporarily in a wheelchair, supposedly Delaney & Tyler were willing to do anything to help pull him out of his depression. As if watching another man have sex with your wife would make a man feel better - just too stupid for words.
Afterwards Delaney asked Tyler to leave because Eric was suddenly jealous and she wanted to sooth his wounded ego. Despite knowing that the condom broke, Tyler left the state and never contacted her again. Since Tyler, a former police detective, had become a private investigator, how hard would it been to find out that Delaney was pregnant with his baby?
Just as incredibly, Delaney played the martyr when Eric divorced her and didn't attempt to find Tyler. What kind of reporter couldn't track down a man who wasn't trying to stay hidden. However, 15 months later when someone was trying to kill Delaney, she magically discovered where he was living and showed up at his front door with baby Seth in tow.
My low opinion of Tyler got lower when it was revealed that most of Tyler's friends were into BDSM and regularly abusing their spineless wives. When Delaney agreed to leave her baby with these violent strangers, I lost all respect for her. And I wasn't surprised when Tyler started hitting Delaney, who accepted the abuse like the martyr she was.
Because I don't enjoy silly plots where the woman acts like a whiny martyr, the man suddenly changes from a man whore to a loving father who wants a committed relationship and the bad guys are all-powerful (no corrupt ADA in LA has unlimited, nationwide resources), I was bored & annoyed but never entertained by Mine to Hold.
I believe Shayla Black is an excellent writer, gifted in writing witty dialogue and humorous moments. Now, if she would only start writing strong, self confident women characters who use their brains & don't take crap from anyone and mature male characters who respect women, her books could be amazing.
I found Luke Williams too full of himself to be interesting to me. Then the instant love turned me off too. So I gave up listening and moved on....
The premise of Four Seconds to Lose was that Cain (29) owned a strip club in order to give uneducated, self-destructive women a safe place to work.
While Cain treated his female employees with respect and concern, I just didn't buy the idea that there wasn't a better business which could have gotten the same results.
Since I couldn't relate to Cain, the rest of the story didn't interest me. The writing was pretty good, so I would try another book by K.A. Tucker.
I instantly related to Kassidy, a mature, caring woman in her late 20s. She was conflicted and confused when her boyfriend Chris introduced her to his college friend Dag and there was an instant attraction.
The author Kelly Jamieson took her time showing how these 3 got to know each other and naturally become close - no instant jumping into bed. When the sex scenes started, it was about people enjoying each other, not just body parts.
Both Chris and Dag had different yet engaging personalities but I was relieved when they each treated Kassidy with respect and gentleness.
At first, I was loving this story about Chase, Alex and Jasmine (late 20s) who meet again just before their 10 year high school reunion. Coming Full Circle was entertaining right up until one of the guys HIT Jasmine. Then it happened 2 or 3 more times. Not cool.
The violence was totally out of character for Alex and Chase, would otherwise treated Jasmine with respect and tenderness. The scariest part was how Jasmine accepted the physical abuse like it was normal in a sexual relationship.
Ever since FSOG, it seems that almost every romantic novel contains at least some domination and sexual violence against women. Without the domestic abuse, this would have been a fun book that I could have enjoyed multiple times.
Dumb plot, dumb characters, everyone had psychic abilities, no one had any common sense. Waste of my time...
Significant Others is my first book by Sandra Kitt, which I found interesting and thought provoking. While I understand that racism is alive and well in 2015, I didn't realize that there was prejudice among different skin tones of African-Americans.
This book is almost 20 years old, which was obvious with the tech references but most shocking to me were the racial slurs used by blacks toward other blacks. However, it taught me (mostly Caucasian) that I still have a lot to learn about how others feel.
It was sad that the bi-racial teen Kent was pressured to choose between identifying with his white mother or black father, as if he loved one more than the other. Patricia, his high school counselor, was sympathetic to his feelings due to being a very light skinned black, often mistaken for white.
PS. I really hate the terms black and white, since they sound like total opposites, when we are all actually various shades of ivory, tan, and brown.
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