Silly plot and shallow characters, not what I was expecting from Fern Michaels. Kept waiting for it to get better but no luck.
Another unromantic story about controlling cowboys, this one featuring Tell McKay, who was sweet & normal most of the time. However, Tell believed he was entitled to slap his girlfriends whenever he wanted and force sex regardless of whether she was interested.
Tell reconnected with Georgia right before their 10 year high school graduation. Georgia was used to being emotionally abused by her father and physically abused by her ex-husband. So unfortunately Tell seemed like a prize when he only battered her on occasion.
Tell was part of the McKay ranching clan of domineering men who believed that hitting women is an acceptable part of sex and marriage. Bizarrely, McKay women have been trained to accept pain & humiliation as the price for having hunky husbands and active sex lives.
The plot was a tired rerun: sexy, overbearing cowboy meets beautiful, spineless woman. Georgia fell in love with Tell, allowing him to strip away her self-respect and dignity. While not as bad as his brother Ben, who enjoys hurting women with bull whips, Tell was still a violent and self-absorbed jerk, not a romantic hero.
I did not enjoy Kissin' Tell, since I find books endorsing the physical and sexual abuse of women totally offensive, even in the most subtle forms.
In Cowboy Casanova, I was outraged to find BDSM was promoted as a safe and sane lifestyle for mentally stable men & women. In reality, it's a Nazi-like cult that promotes the belief that men have the right to beat, rape, humiliate and degrade women for sexual thrills.
Somehow these sadist men find pathetic wimpy women with no self respect who agree to be abused in return for scraps of male attention. In this book, Ben McKay is supposed to be a nice, normal cowboy who can only get sexually excited when causing women physical pain,
It's sad and dangerous when something as wonderful and natural as sex is distorted into a brutal game of control and humiliation. Cowboy Cassanova is not a romantic or erotic story, unless sexual assault and physical abuse is now considered sexy.
It's particularly disturbing that this book is written by a woman, attempting to persuade other woman that they deserve to be treated as a sex slaves, not human beings with brains and feelings. I found her promoting of sexual violence for profit totally disgusting!
There are enough men who already think that it's acceptable to batter, assault, and abuse women and children. Now we have novels like this that promote sexual violence by brainwashing weak minded people into self destructive behavior.
Real men don't enjoy hurting and humiliating anyone. Men with violent sexual fantasies need serious therapy, not permission to abuse & degrade other human beings. Violent men will not stop at abusing a willing victim but are a danger to women & children everywhere.
At first I thought Gavin Daniels McKay might be one of the good guys: a mature man who treats women with respect and kindness, especially since he has a teenage daughter. Unfortunately not.
When Gavin meets Rielle, a smart single woman, he starts out romantic but quickly becomes violent & overbearing. Rielle allows Gavin to be a domineering asshole because she falls in love and becomes a pathetic doormat.
Real men don't want to hurt and control women; self respecting women demand to be treated as intelligent & equal partners, not sexual objects. I wonder how Gavin would feel if Sierra picked a man who humiliated and degraded her for kicks.
Since I admired the character of India from previous books - smart, blunt, & bold - I thought her story would be interesting. Not so much. There were some humorous and sexy moments when she and long time friend Colt first admitted their mutual attraction.
However, as soon as they become lovers, Colt proclaimed that he was "in charge in the bedroom" and spunky India morphed from a confident & professional woman to a wimpy subservient doormat who agrees to be brutalized at his whim. Gag!
I've loved western novels since I was a child, mainly because the rugged & handsome cowboys always treated their women with respect, kindness and concern. Who wants a selfish, arrogant man who batters & bruises their body under the guise of love? Not me.
Lorelei James is a gifted author, who hopefully will start writing books in which men treat women as intelligent partners, not inanimate objects.
Bad boy Tyler goes back to hometown for his sister's wedding, bringing his long time lover Nick, and runs into teenage crush Kaelin.
I liked Tyler & Nick but found Kaelin, the town sweetheart, a boring martyr. Despite being out of high school for at least 10 years, everyone seemed overly concerned with what their parents and/or THE TOWN would think of them.
What could have been a fun & sexy story got bogged down with rumors, gossip, and family drama. What mature person at 28 or 30 would allow family members or neighbors to decide who they should date or where with whom they can sleep? Yawn!
While I believe Lauren Rowe has the potential to be a great writer, I found the "rich man whore meets younger naïve woman who teaches him how to love" plot has been done to death. The book starts when Jonas (age unknown) spends $250,000 to join an international sex club that would match him up with women who only want anonymous sex, no strings attached. What a guy!
Sarah (24), a smart & funny law student, works part-time for the Club screening male applications. When Sarah sends Jonas a smart ass e-mail pointing out what a jerk he is, they begin sparing electronically. Soon, Jonas uses all his assets to learn Sarah's identity and begins pursuing her. Jonas wasn't a bad person - blessedly not into sexual violence - but he was too arrogant about his sexual prowess.
The dual narration did not match the main characters as written. The person doing Sarah's voice was particularly grating - she sounded like a teenage drama queen, not an intelligent law student. Her "overacting" was extremely distracting. The male voice wasn't as bad but still not good.
The beginning was interesting; Bronte (waitress) and Logan are stranded in an elevator during a hurricane on a tropical island. Logan is paranoid about women who only want him for his billions, so he pretends to be a hotel employee rather than the resort's owner. Their sparing, then growing friendship, then sexual attraction was fun & engrossing.
However, when Bronte finds out that Logan was hiding his true identify, she was angry and hurt. Logan didn't take the rejection well - evidently he never heard the word no in his life. Instead of trying to win her back in a normal way, Logan bought the restaurant where Bronte worked and tried to force her to see him.
Personally, I don't care for alpha men who only care about their needs, and don't listen a woman's point of view. While I thought Jessica Clare's writing was wonderful, I lost interest when Logan got all domineering - I really wanted Bronte to dump him and find a more mature man.
I thought Barbara Elsborg created 2 very engrossing main characters but the plot just didn't make any sense to me. I could understand Kate (waitress) and Charlie (actor) being self-destructive but not trying to kill themselves.
While there were amorous & humorous moments, this book was mainly about 2 broken yet intelligent people who didn't know how to love themselves or trust anyone else. I wanted them to get counseling and be happy (that's just me being logical) but didn't see how it would happen.
Since Kate and Charlie had not idea how to have a healthy relationship, there were endless misunderstandings and contrived melodrama, before the happy ending which did not ring true to me. However, I will definitely try more books by this author.
While well written, Holidays with the Walker Brothers didn't really have a plot. Yes, there were updates on various Walker couples but 6+ hours of nothing new is a bit much. I kept waiting for something to happen, then felt disappointed when nothing really happened.
While I enjoyed the Proposition (except when it ended abruptly), I thought the plot lost focus in the 2nd book. Since Emma met Aidan when he agreed to be a sperm donor for her, their transition from co-workers to loving couple seemed too rushed to me.
Yes, they started having strong feelings while engaging in frequent sex, but expecting to build a strong relationship while she's pregnant and he has commitment issues seemed unrealistic.
When Emma is attracted (even a little) to another man while 6 months pregnant, I laughed out loud. Only in fiction does a woman who can't see her feet want sex with a stranger.
Emma & Aidan's family & friends, especially Beau the dog, added humor and warm to the story. The ending was predictable but heartwarming. Mildly entertaining but not memorable.
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