Tag: 4.5 Reviews

Review: White Lies by Linda Howard.

Posted May 28, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 10 Comments

white lies
Rowena’s review of White Lies by Linda Howard.

From Publisher:

Nothing could have prepared Jay Granger for the arrival of two FBI agents at her door — or for the news they brought. Her ex-husband, Steve, had been in a terrible accident that had left him gravely injured. The FBI needed Jay to confirm his identity.

The man Jay finds lying in the hospital bed is almost unrecognizable. Almost. Exhausted and afraid, Jay tentatively declares that he is Steve Crossfield. But the man who awakens from the coma is not at all as Jay remembers her husband. And he remembers nothing of their life together. Suddenly nothing is familiar. Not his appearance, not the intensity of his nature, not the desire that flashes between them. Who is this man? And will the discovery of his identity shatter the passion they share?

I left my book in my friend Theresa’s car last night and so I made due with reading a short story until I can get that book back and finish reading about the uber sexy Christian Hawkins. I’m really loving all of this government agency crap, I’m totally loving it all. I just finished watching Shooter last night with Mark Wahlberg and man he was looking mighty scrumptious in that book and then in between reading about the SDF guys and now reading about Lucas Stone’s sexy self, I’m just one content, happy Polynesian chick salivating for more….;)

What surprised me in this book was that I really liked it. The reason I was so shocked that I liked it was because I dont’ like amnesia stories. Actually, I hate them. Until You by Judith McNaught? Yeah, I hated that story and I still cringe thinking about when Sheridan whatever her last name is gets her memory back and all the drama that comes after it, I just hate it, I hate reading about it and I hate when the shoe drops and blech, I just don’t like it.

It was different with this book, first off, the hero was the one suffering from amnesia. He was the sole survivor of an explosion and his friends and allies were trying to keep him safe by giving him a new name and face so that the bad people looking for him won’t know that it’s him. They even go so far as to getting his new identity’s ex wife to come and identify him and then keeping her with him to make things look legit.

So the entire time that he’s in the hospital, he’s bonding with Jay (the heroine and ex wife of the other guy) Granger and they fall in love with each other, not so soon or anything, but over the duration of his stay in the hospital and into their forced confinement in Colorado.

It was so cute to watch these two fall in love and it was so cute to find out Jay’s reasons for keeping up with the charade. I felt Lucas’ fiece pissed offness at Jay for her little white lies but after she tells him her reasons before turning away from him and getting in the car to drive away, I couldn’t help myself, I said….Awwwww.

She’s his lobster!

This book was super short but it didn’t feel rushed or anything, I loved Linda Howard’s ability to drag me into Lucas and Jay’s world by feelings alone and not with a wordy novel. It may have been short but it packed a sure punch and I really enjoyed getting to know Jay more and finding out just who the real Lucas Stone was.

I totally recommend this book and though it’s not my favorite LH book to date, it sure is a great read and totally B worthy, just like Crazy Cool.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

Posted May 22, 2007 by Book Binge Guest Blogger in Reviews | 4 Comments


Isabel’s review of Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum #2) by Janet Evanovich.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso—a suspiciously wealthy, working class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend—the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli—who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch—only makes the hunt more thrilling….

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Granda Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move…and his next move might be Stephanie’s last.

The second in the Stephanie Plum series.

As Chantal said in her review, Stephanie is still a bounty hunter and she still sucks. 🙂 What is supposed to be an easy pick up becomes complicated. But not only does she have to find Kenny Mancuso, she’s also been asked to find caskets. With the help of Morelli, she manages to find out what happened with the missing caskets and Kenny.

There were several moments that made me laugh but none like when Stephanie left Morelli in the middle of the street. At night. Naked. Although, she felt bad cause he was defenseless so she turned around, threw the gun out the window and sped off. That’s what he gets for leaving her handcuffed to the shower naked. (First book).

Then there are the funny Grandma Mazur moments. Like when she fell over in her high heels and grabbed the casket (they were at a viewing) to balance herself. When Stephanie took Grandma shopping and Grandma came home in doc martens and a flannel shirt. Her reaction to Stephanie receiving a penis in the mail. I just love Grandma Mazur!

There were 3 moments I almost threw the book against the wall though. Two involved when Kenny hurt Grandma Mazur. Like Chantal, I understand that it had to happen. Someone hurting someone Stephanie loves to get even, but why Grandma Mazur? The third moment involved Rex (her hamster). But then I remembered both characters are alive and well throughout the series so the book didn’t get thrown.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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

Review: Key of Light by Nora Roberts

Posted May 8, 2007 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments


Rowena’s review of Key of Light (Key Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts.

From Library Journal:

Malory Price’s perfectly planned life has just gone to heck in a handbasket. Her art gallery job, which defined her, is in immediate jeopardy. Then, at an invitation-only reception, Malory and two other women are offered the quest of a lifetime: find the three keys that unlock the souls of three demigods within three months and receive $3 million; fail and lose a year of their lives. They accept the challenge. Malory draws the first quest, and her life turns inside out. Susan Ericksen has a way with accents, from the Welsh and Irish to a Southern drawl; she imbues each of the three women and their corresponding men with very individual personalities, making the story easy to follow, though it has a slow start owing to character introduction. With Roberts’s usual flair for romance and suspense, part one of the trilogy is a worthy adventure.

Over the weekend, I forgot my Rock Star book at work and was too lazy to go all the way back to the office (once I got home and noticed my book wasn’t in my bag anymore) to get it so over the weekend I started and finished two books and this was the second book that I finished.

Book One of the Key Trilogy was a good opening for this series. It sparked my interest with the adventure that is presented to these three totally different and totally normal women. It showed a great deal of promise in the overall story and also with the secondary romances that followed.

I loved that all three of the women who were chosen were all so normal, not prissy perfect like regular heroines, they weren’t virginal, they weren’t mega rich and all that, they were your everyday average American women. They lived paycheck to paycheck, they were sometimes overdrawn in the bank, they were….normal.

Another thing I loved about this book is the same thing I loved in The Circle Trilogy, there’s a bigger story being told besides the romance story in these books and in this story, the start of all the other romances in the rest of the series. I love how Nora Roberts can make all of these thing fit perfectly in with everything else that is going on. She never loses me with all of the information pouring through the pages and I always lose myself in her books and in her characters’ lives and just in the story period.

I loved Flynn. I loved Malory and I loved their story. I loved how Malory took things into her own hands and went after the things she wanted, she was open and honest, even when she wasn’t ready, I loved how she threw everything at Flynn and told him to just deal with it.

And he did. I love that Flynn dealt with everything that Malory threw at him and just handled it. I loved that he didn’t shy away from her, even when he was so unsure of them as a couple, of himself as her partner and just handled everything thrown at him, (you know because on top of this new romance with Malory, he had this key thing to deal with as well). He was a strong man and he was a good man, one that loved his sister and loved his life, even though he didn’t think he did. He also loved the woman of his dreams with all that he had and what romantic at heart wouldn’t appreciate that?

Malory was a great heroine. She was smart, beautiful and funny. She was very organized and she had a lot going for her, even after she was canned at her dream job, she reacted like any normal woman would, she cried, she was a jerk to everyone around her and then she let her friends take care of her until she was ready to get back on her feet again and when she did get back on her feet, she was unstoppable.

She was all things I admire in a heroine and I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

I enjoyed the cast of characters that we met in this story, from Dana’s sparkling personality and Zoe’s creative spirit to Jordan’s funny self and his deep blue eyes and Brad’s richy rich handsome and rugged blonde self who had the ability to handle anything given him whether it was a board meeting in a stunning suit or wearing jeans and a shirt and climbing on top of walls to watch the house that he was so obsessed with as a child with his friends. The entire cast was a delight to read and oh dang, how could I forget to mention Rowena and Pitte? Dude, I love that Rowena was so beautiful and in love and just graceful and all things other women envied….hehe, you go girl! =)

Dana’s turn is next (I cheated and looked) and I am very much looking forward to getting to know Jordan Hawke a lot more….this is a great story to read when you’re in the mood for mystery and a little bit of romance thrown in. Good times, I promise, good times.

Grade: 4.5 out of 5

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

Review: Demon Moon by Meljean Brook

Posted April 27, 2007 by Holly in Reviews | 8 Comments

Review: Demon Moon by Meljean BrookReviewer: Holly
Demon Moon by Meljean Brook
Series: The Guardians #2
Also in this series: Demon Night, Demon Bound, Demon Forged, Guardian Demon, Demon Angel
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: June 5th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General
Pages: 480
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four-half-stars

No one would call vampire Colin Ames-Beaumont kind, but they would call him unnaturally beautiful. For two centuries his tainted blood has kept him isolated from other vampires, sustained only by his beauty and vanity—bitter comforts, since a curse has erased his mirror reflection, replacing it with a terrifying glimpse of Chaos.

Savi Murray's insatiable curiosity had gotten her into trouble before, but she'd always escaped unscathed. Then came Colin. In the midst of Heaven, he gave her a taste of ecstasy—and of Chaos. Deadly creatures from that realm herald the return of an imprisoned nosferatu horde, and Colin and Savi’s bond is their only protection—and their only passion…

 

Side Note: There’s no way I can review this book without including spoilers from the first one, Demon Angel. If you haven’t read DA yet, you may want to skip this review. I’ll try to keep the spoilers for this one to a minimum. :End Side Note

As I’ve mentioned several times now, I won an ARC of this on Sybil‘s blog. I was really excited to read it, especially after Demon Angel (and who doesn’t love free ARC’s?).

Although I enjoyed DA, my biggest issue with it was the pacing. It seemed bogged down with info dumps and was often so slow going I felt like banging my head against the wall. Although it took me ages to read this, it wasn’t because of the pacing. It was just my own busy life intruding on my reading time. The pacing issues were totally cleared up. Way to go, Meljean.

When I heard Colin the Vampire was set to be the hero of this book, I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Though I truly enjoyed his character in Demon Angel, I thought he seemed shallow and vain and…almost immature? But MB did an amazing job of showing us the different sides of him. Yes, he was shallow and vain about some things, but the truth is, he was just as tortured as Hugh. Watching him struggle to battle his personal demons and his attraction to Savi was just..amazing.

As for Savi, well, I loved her. Plain and simple. Like, I totally have a girl-crush on her. Where Lilith was in-your-face strong, Savi’s strength was more internal, but no less amazing. I think she was a more personable heroine. The kind you’d like to be friends with. I loved her wit and humor and her general approach to life.

We saw the same characters. Michael and Selah, the Guardians. Lilith and Hugh. Auntie. Sir Pup. And we were introduced to several new characters. Mostly vampires. But they stayed in the background and the main focus was on Colin and Savi. We learned more about their time together in Caelum, Colin’s past and his link to Chaos, Savi’s family and just who they were period. In DA I often felt like, just when the exchanges between Hugh and Lilith were getting intense, the focus would shift to something else. It didn’t feel that way at all in this novel.

Although there are other things going on around them. A rogue demon, a cult of vampires and pressure for Colin to lead the vampire community. I love the world she’s created. This isn’t your typical vampire story. There’s still the battle for good vs. evil and the different realms. Plus, Chaos. That was creepy. And different.

The conflict between Savi and Colin, and the major thing that threatens their HEA was perfectly done. I don’t want to spoil it, but it was very believable. A lot of times authors don’t create a credible reason for why the H/H may not end up together. I was on the edge of my seat with this one. And the end? Awesome. I even cried a little.

I think the only issue I had with the book was…the sexual tension. Normally I lurve me some sexual tension, but this went on WAY too long. I mean, come one. Every single time they were about to get it on, something would happen. I was about to pull my hair out. Luckily once they finally get to doing the dirty it makes up for all the previous tension. But I have to tell you, I was hurting there for awhile. g

One last thing. On her blog, Meljean mentioned someone else reading this book and saying it could standalone. I completely disagree. I think had I not read Demon Angel first, I’d have been completely lost. As it was, there were several times I had to go back to DA to reference something. IMO, they should be read together.

I’m anxious to read the Wild Thing anthology, which contains Selah’s story. If you’re interested, Gwen from over at Sybil’s blog reviewed it. It sounds great.

Overall this book was amazing. Savi and Colin were wonderful characters and I can’t wait for the next installment.

4.5 out of 5

This book is out June 5, so be sure to bump it up to the top of your wish list. In the meantime? Go visit Meljean’s site. I really like it. And BONUS! She has excerpts up. 😉

four-half-stars