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I’m at TGTBTU Again Today…

Posted November 15, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 1 Comment

I’m at TGTBTU Again Today…Creation in Death by J. D. Robb
Series: In Death #25
Also in this series: Strangers in Death, Suite 606, Salvation in Death, Kindred In Death, Naked in Death, Glory in Death, The Lost, Rapture in Death, Immortal in Death, Fantasy in Death, New York to Dallas, Celebrity in Death, Brotherhood in Death
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: November 6th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Suspense, General
Pages: 384
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three-half-stars

The 25th In Death novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author

Eve has seen this crime scene before: the artfully arranged body of a young brunette, arms spread, palms up, body marked by the signs of prolonged and painful torture. Carved into her torso is the time it took her to die - in hours, minutes, and seconds. And on the third finger of her left hand has been placed a silver ring.

Eve is catapulted back to a case nine years earlier, when a man whom the media tagged “The Groom” put the city on edge with a killing spree that took the lives of four women in fifteen days. Eve and her partner Feeney, her friend and mentor, couldn’t stop him before he disappeared, only to resurface in other parts of the world to kill and kill again. But now The Groom seems to have come back to where he started.

When it turns out that The Groom’s most recent victim was employed by Eve’s billionaire husband, Roarke, she brings him onto the case. A move that proves fitting when it becomes chillingly clear that the killer has made it personal. The corpse was washed in products from a store Roarke owns and laid out on a sheet his company manufactures. With the Groom’s monstrous return, Eve is determined to finish him once and for all. Familiar with his methods, she knows that he has already grabbed his next victim.

But his sights are set on the biggest challenge of his illustrious career - an abduction that will test his skills and that promises to give him satisfaction as he’s never known. Time is running out on another woman’s life…and for Eve.


I promised two reviews a month, and my second review for November was just posted at The Good, The Bad and The Unread.

Check it out…

It’s not unusual for Eve to be an intended victim in these novels, but this is a different kind of case, a different kind of killer, and a different type of situation. Since the killer is someone Eve and Feeney tried – and failed – to capture nine years ago, this makes for an interesting storyline. The problem? There was a lot of stress on Eve and Feeney’s relationship, but I don’t feel as if it was fully explored, or fully resolved…

….read the rest at The Good, The Bad and The Unread

three-half-stars

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Review: Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane Dawkins

Posted August 1, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Letters from Pemberley: The First Year by Jane DawkinsReviewer: Holly
Letters from Pemberley by Jane Dawkins
Published by Sourcebooks
Publication Date: May 1st 2007
Genres: Fiction, Historical, General, Literary
Pages: 224
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three-half-stars

In this continuation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, one of the best-loved novels in the English language, Elizabeth Bennet finds herself in a very different league of wealth and privilege, now as Mrs. Fitzwilliam Darcy and mistress of Pemberley.

Writing to her sister, Jane, she confides her uncertainty and anxieties, and describes the everyday of her new life. Her first year at Pemberley is sometimes bewildering, but Lizzy's spirited sense of humor and satirical eye never desert her.

Incorporating Jane Austen's own words and characters from her other works, the book is a literary patchwork quilt piecing together the story of Lizzy's first eventful year as Mrs. Darcy.

I love Jane Austen in general and Pride and Prejudice in particular, so when I realized this was a continuation of Lizzy and Mr. Darcy’s lives together, I jumped on the chance to read it.

Letters from Pemberley follows Elizabeth Darcy’s first year at Pemberley after her marriage to Mr. Darcy in the form of 25 letters sent to her sister Jane. Elizabeth describes daily life at Pemberley, and the goings on in and around the surrounding area.

While I enjoyed spending time with one of my favorite characters again, I was somewhat disappointed with Ms. Dawkins’ characterization of Elizabeth. Although it’s been some time since I read the original P/P, I’m surprised at how different Lizzy seemed. Somewhat subdued and doubting her own self-confidence.

I don’t feel like I gained any additional knowledge of Mr. Darcy’s character, either. He was mentioned, obviously, but mostly in abstract terms. I think if Ms. Dawkins had included return letters from Jane and/or perhaps Lydia, this may have been a more rounded sequel.

That’s not to say, however, that I didn’t enjoy it. Ms. Dawkins very cleverly introduced us to characters from other Austen novels, disguised by name change only. I think her writing, although not Austen herself – as no one could be – came as close to an Austen work as possible. I was entertained and very glad to catch a glimpse of life at Pemberley.

Naturally true fans of Austen are going to be disappointed somewhat – I feel that’s inevitable when the novel in question is written by anyone but the original author – but I would still recommend this as a way to once again visit the characters we so came to love in Pride and Prejudice.

Overall it was a quick, light read, entertaining and enjoyable, if not quite Austen herself.

3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars

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Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted June 25, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 9 Comments

Review: And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee GuhrkeReviewer: Holly
And Then He Kissed Her by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Girl Bachelors #1
Also in this series: The Wicked Ways of a Duke, With Seduction in Mind
Published by Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 13th 2009
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Historical, Victorian, General
Pages: 384
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four-stars

Supremely sensible Emmaline Dove wishes to share her etiquette expertise with London’s readers, and as secretary to Viscount Marlowe, Emma knows she’s in the perfect position to make her dreams come true. Marlowe might be a rake with a preference for cancan dancers and an aversion to matrimony, but he is also the city’s leading publisher, and Emma is convinced he’s her best chance to see her work in print…until she discovers the lying scoundrel has been rejecting her manuscripts without ever reading a single page!

As a publisher, Harry finds reading etiquette books akin to slow, painful torture. Besides, he can’t believe his proper secretary has the passion to write anything worth reading. Then she has the nerve to call him a liar, and even resigns without notice, leaving his business in uproar and his honor in question. Harry decides it’s time to teach Miss Dove a few things that aren’t proper. But when he kisses her, he discovers that his former secretary has more passion and fire than he ever imagined, for one luscious taste of her lips only leaves him hungry for more…

 

I haven’t really been in the mood for a historical in ages, but Kris had a review of this book up and it sounded nice, so I decided to pick it up.

Emma is a girl-bachelor and secretary to Harry, Viscount Marlowe. She’s been writing etiquette novels with the hope of being published by him, but he keeps rejecting her manuscripts. When Harry let’s it slip that he hasn’t actually read any of Emma’s works, she gets extremely angry and resigns her position with him – without notice – and starts writing a column for one of Harry’s competitors. Harry, left in a lurch at the sudden departure of his invaluable secretary, hunts her down to offer her job back to her. Something he feels is quite gracious. Emma refuses.

Through a series of events, however, Emma ends up writing for Harry once again and they both battle their mutual attraction for one another.

Emma was a wonderful heroine. She was a bit stodgy, but she was also a woman who knew her own mind. I really liked that she didn’t fancy herself in love with Harry like so many other women and that she was very practical. She was aware of her strengths and weaknesses, and was willing to admit when she was wrong or had made a bad judgment call. She was a breath of fresh air for a romance heroine.

Harry was also very enjoyable. Though he was somewhat predictable, I truly enjoyed watching him come around and realize what a gem Emma was. He was forced to face some hard truths about himself, and he did it with aplomb. Although it wasn’t as easy for him as it was for Emma, he, too, admitted when he was wrong. It was totally refreshing.

I seem to be following a pattern here, but one of the things that worked best for me with this story was that the focus stayed on Emma and Harry. We met several secondary characters – Emma’s roommates and Harry’s sisters – but they didn’t detract from the main protagonists HEA.

Although the story was rather simple, a bit predictable and somewhat fluffy, it was truly enjoyable.

3.75 out of 5

This book is available from Avon. You can purchase it here.

four-stars

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