While I liked the main characters Skylar and Kade, the book needed a reality check. Plot: Sky gets pregnant and can't find Kade to tell him. Kade finds out a year later and insists on being part of baby's life.
First, Kade is an identical twin who is always being mistaken for his disreputable brother. When confronted by Sky (who was stood up by twin), Kade didn't pull out his wallet to prove his identity. No, he pretends to be the bad boy brother. Why???
Next, Kade volunteers to work in the Wyoming wilderness for an entire year, where Sky can't tell him the news. However, during that year, Kade was informed of a death in the family and came home briefly for a funeral. Since he wasn't in the military or the jungle somewhere, it just didn't make sense. And who wouldn't take a satellite radio or something to communicate in case of an emergency.
There were some amusing moments when Kade and Sky were learning to parent together but not enough to keep my interest.
This book reminded me somewhat of the Longmire series, with a good hearted sheriff and eccentric residents in a small western town. I liked that the characters were slightly flawed, but struggling to adapt to changes.. The ongoing feud between Jim (sheriff) and the mayor was amusing, if somewhat over the top.
I would have given this book a 5 star rating if I had thought the killer's identity made any sense - can't say more without spoiling the surprise. Yes, anyone can probably kill given the right circumstances but I thought someone capable of cold blooded murder would have shown other negative personality traits. In a town of less than 5,000 people (mostly nosey), there are no secrets.
While the book's premise was promising, I couldn't finish Whistlin Dixie. Leelee (wife/mother) was just too stupid for words, when she allows her selfish husband to relocate their family from Memphis to Vermont.
Since I didn't connect with any character or the fictional setting (Vermont is actually a lovely state with highly educated residents), I lost interest less than a third of my way through this book. While Lisa Patton wrote some humorous moments, I thought this book was a dud.
Cade is my idea of a true alpha male hero - a skilled military expert who could kill with his bare hands but would never deliberately hurt someone weaker.
Unlike the BDSM bullies who have become so popular in romantic fiction recently, Cade doesn't need to prove his masculinity by degrading women. No, Cade is too busy rescuing kidnap victims and ridding the world of terrorists and murderers.
Cade meets Maria when he investigates the bombing that killed her mother. There is a great mix of mystery, action and romance - very entertaining yet sad due to descriptions of human trafficking and senseless killing.
Maria is an engrossing character: strong without being a bitch, rich yet working to help impoverished kids, and a loyal friend with integrity. Maria and Cade made a well-matched team, working together as an effective team. I will be looking for other books by Katie Reus.
Finally, a new romantic novel with a strong, sexy man who DIDN'T enjoy hurting women.
Jack (trained killer and NSA agent) had seen too much violence already, so he had no desire to beat & abuse women (BDSM). In fact Jack liked and respected women, particularly his childhood friend Sophie.
Sophie, a strong & intelligent woman, grew up in foster care yet she was brave and mature with healthy self respect. Although Sophie was extremely attracted to Jack, she would never allow him or any other man to hurt or degrade her.
Sophie was raped as a teenager, which contrary to BDSM propaganda she did NOT find an erotic or exciting experience. Likewise, Jack was horrified by Sophie's assault and felt guilty that he had not been there to protect her.
Targeted had a well written plot, with engaging characters and snappy dialogue. I enjoyed listening as Sophie and Jack met again as adults, renewing their friendship and fell in love. The sex scenes were tender and sexy, explicit without being pornographic, showing exactly how talented Kate Reus is.
Lick was a sweet romance about a college student (21) who meets a rock star (26) in Vegas. While I understand why this book would be popular with people in their teens and twenties, the characters lacked enough depth and maturity to be keep my interest.
The plot of this book reminds me a little of the 6 Million Dollar Man (TV show from the 1970s). Unfortunately, the basic premise was too unbelievable to me. I have no problem believing that our government could be genetically enhancing soldiers.
No, it was the idea that brothers, who were raised without any human kindness and who endured extreme physical and psychological abuse, could grow up to be normal men. Sadly, these brothers would likely turn out to be sociopaths and/or serial killers.
While most of Forgotten Sins was very well written, I couldn't buy into the flimsy plot, so my mind kept wondering. I would, however, try another book by Rebecca Zanetti - just not another in this series.
If your idea of romance is a male bully who tells a woman to shut up and get naked on a smelly gym mat, then this is the perfect book for you.
Cory, a rich & arrogant bully, is threatened by his parents to get a personal life or lose his CEO position in the family business. So he asks Vicky, a business colleague, to be his fake girlfriend so his mommy will get off his back. What a prize!
Cory informs Vicky that she must submit to him violent sexual needs, never asking what she wants and just issuing orders in the most condescending ways. Unbelievably Vicky finds his selfish, obnoxious behavior sexy and morphs into a boring wimp.
Vicky, who is more worried about getting her heart broken, doesn't mind his boorish and insulting behavior. Insecure and desperate, Vicky is willing to endure any amount of physical and emotional abuse as long as she gets the occasional orgasm.
Obviously, I did NOT find this book romantic, fun or erotic. I can't say who I disliked more, Cory for being a self-centered asshole or Vicki for becoming a pathetic doormat.
If you can relate to a story involving ghosts, Maybe This Time is an engrossing story with humor, mystery, romance and off-beat characters.
After listening for over 7 hours, I am still waiting for the story and characters to grab my attention and make me care what happens.
I just don't believe that, after a whole year of trying, a successful international security company can't protect Marissa and figure out who is trying to hurt her.
Since the security company is owned by Marissa's family, where she grew up surrounded by military men, I would expect her to be strong enough to protect herself, with a little help.
While I usually enjoy Nicole Edward's snappy dialogue and off-beat humor, I am giving up on this book and moving on.....
When I first started listening to this series about veterinary Rachel Goddard, I liked the setting (small town in southwestern Virginia) and her animal hospital with it's eclectic staff & patients. Despite Rachel's character being too weak for my tastes, I thought she would get stronger as she got settled in to the community, made friends and fell in love with Tom.
Regretfully, Rachel still acts like a teenager, reckless one moment, insecure the next. Yes, she has a kind heart but not much common sense. Although Rachel knows a young woman was murdered in their county and her sister is hiding in Rachel's home from a stalker, she doesn't do anything proactively to protect herself.
Rachel and her sister were kidnapped as small girls, making them secretive and untrusting of people. Understandable, but the sisters didn't seek professional therapy to heal the emotional wounds and learn better coping skills. Now in their 30s, they are still victims rather than survivors, which I find really annoying. It was hard to believe that Rachel's boyfriend Tom (great guy) put up with her secrecy and immaturity.
Additionally, the villains were too unbelievable to be realistic. No, not every stalker, murderer, and thug is all powerful, highly intelligent, financially secure and a convincing liar. While Bleeding Through was very well written with the potential to be a great story; I was too aggravated with Rachel's tendency toward martyrdom and the villain's "super powers" to enjoy this book.
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