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Review: Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire.

Posted July 5, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments


Rowena’s review of Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire.

Main Character: Annie Nutter
Love Interest: Charlie Zelinsky (highlight to see)
Series: None
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Alternate universes exist! Perfect for moviegoers who loved 17 Again, Sliding Doors, and The Family Man, as well as the novel Before I Fall.

When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad’s whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she’s Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father—and she’s the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school.

In this universe, Ayla lives in glitzy Miami instead of dreary Pittsburgh and has beaucoup bucks, courtesy of her billionaire—if usually absent—father. Her friends hit the clubs, party backstage at concerts, and take risks that are exhilirating . . . and illegal. Here she’s got a date to lose her V-card with the hottest guy she’s ever seen.

But on the insde, Ayla is still Annie.

So when she’s offered the chance to leave the dream life and head home to Pittsburgh, will she take it?

The choice isn’t as simple as you think.

This book reminded me of a more light-hearted version of the show, Fringe. It follows Annie Nutter as she wakes up in a world totally different from the life that she grew up with. Used to being picked on by the popular kids at school, in this new world, Annie is Ayla and she’s gorgeous and rich and is the Queen B at school. She’s also a total bitch.

She’s a rich, spoiled brat that got on my hot damn nerves. The whole starts as Annie’s Mom gets fed up with her Dad’s crazy inventions and starts wondering what her life would have been like if she had married her ex-boyfriend from the past, Jim Monroe. Annie starts wondering what her life would have been like if she was Jim Monroe’s daughter instead of Mel Nutter. The grass is greener on the other side and all of that.

So Annie’s now living the high life of the Queen Bee at Crap Academy (I forget what the actual name of the school is) and she gets away with everything. But she’s also feared because she’s a bully at school. She’s also dating one of the hottest guys at school who’s looking forward to Homecoming night since that’s when she’s promised him that she’ll give him her V card. Juggling this new life and this active social life is a bit much for Annie and she’s not sure if she likes the reputation Ayla has at school and at home.

As Annie, she’s really close to her mother but as Ayla, her relationship with her mother (who is the same Mom from the other universe but an unhappier version of her mother) is non-existent. She’s much closer to her father, Jim Monroe, who is a total douche-bag but who’s richer than rich. The longer Annie stays in this timeline/parallel universe, the more she starts to realize that she doesn’t like this Ayla girl very much and she wants people to like her so in Ayla’s body, she starts to change little things and those little changes take the notice of the people around her and her pedastal as the Queen Bee is getting smaller and smaller.

Annie makes new friends as Ayla and one of those new friends is Charlie Zelinsky and what a cutie patootie he was. He gets picked on by the stupid assholes at school but nothing can keep him down. He just picks himself right back up and takes care of business. The more that I got to know Charlie, the more I liked him. He was a great match for Annie and I loved how when he first saw what Annie looked like (which is not at all like Ayla) he tells Annie/Ayla that he knows that he would love Annie. Awww, what a cutie pie!

Some things that I didn’t care for in this book was how long it took Ayla/Annie to come around. Coming from a world where she knew all too well how it felt to be bullied, I didn’t like that Annie went along with Bliss and Jade’s crap when she first starts going to school with them. Knowing how sucky it was for her to get bullied on the bus and then to be talked down to every single day from the other students at school (the popular kids) and then go along with it, feeling shit and still doing it annoyed me. The other thing that annoyed me was how she wasn’t upfront with her Mom about what she was really up to, instead of just letting her mother assume she was in cahoots with her douche-bag of a Dad.

This book had a lot of good in it but it also had a bunch of not so good things in it. Things that didn’t have anything to do with the way it was written and more with my own personal likes and dislikes. I ended up liking Annie and loved the way that the book ended but there were a time too many where I wanted to strangle Annie, Ayla, Bliss, Jade, Ryder.

My favorite part of this book was any time Charlie was in the story, even at the end…he was adorable. Overall, this book was good. It was a good summer read.

…and that’s your scoop!

This book is available from Random House.
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Review: Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis and Maureen Child

Posted February 7, 2012 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments


Rowena’s review of Kiss Me, I’m Irish by Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis and Maureen Child.

The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. Claire.
Hero: Seamus “Deuce” Monroe
Heroine: Kendra Locke
Awww, this book had me sighing all over the dang place. For such a short story, St. Claire did a pretty bang up job of pulling me deep into the lives of Deuce Monroe and Kendra Locke. Not once while I was reading the story, did I feel like it was missing something or want more from the story. It was the perfect mix of history, back story and present day goodness all mashed together to make a very entertaining short story. I don’t think the shortness of the book made the story suffer either, so good on St. Claire for writing a story that kept me entertained and interested in seeing where it all went.
I adored both Deuce and Kendra. Kendra and her lifelong crush on Deuce. Deuce and his flirty spice attitude where Kendra was. I thought it was pretty arrogant of him to think that he could waltz back into Kendra’s life and pick up where they left off, like he didn’t bang her and then leave her in the dush without so much as a by your leave or a phone call to acknowledge that what happened between them, did in fact, happen. But St. Claire wrote it in a way that made Deuce endearing instead of asshole-ish.
This was a cute story and I loved this Irish hero. Very happy with St. Claire’s efforts on this one. I need to get some of her Romantic Suspense stories read. I haven’t done that yet.
Grade: 4.5 out of 5
Tangling with Ty by Jill Shalvis.
Hero: Ty Patrick O’Grady
Heroine: Dr. Nicole Mann
From the start of this book to the end of this story, I wasn’t a fan of the heroine. Her independent streak got to be annoying and the whole hot and cold act she had with Ty really pissed me off. I didn’t understand what the hell Ty saw in her that made him love her as much as he did. I mean, she was hot one minute and then cold the next which made her a total tease and the poor guy had to have suffered from whiplash and a huge case of blue balls. It was annoying how she kept going full speed ahead, only to slam on the breaks when it starts to get good.
The thing about it all was, I didn’t completely understand why she was the way that she was. She was serially single and wasn’t the relationship type so why not bang Ty ten ways from Sunday? He was more than willing and wasn’t looking for a relationship, not at first anyway so why not? I didn’t understand her reasons for pumping the breaks so much and that’s what really annoyed me about her. There’s nothing wrong with being independent but she took it to annoying levels and it did nothing but piss me off. By the end of the story, I still didn’t really have any clue why Nicole was such a great catch or why Ty loved her so much but by then, I was over it all.
Needless to say, I didn’t enjoy this story very much. The writing was fine, it was the characters that drove me bat shit crazy. It surprised me since I’m such a huge Jill Shalvis fan but I guess it had to happen sooner or later, right?
Balls.
Grade: 2 out of 5 (I gave it a two because of Ty. I liked him.)
Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen Child
Hero: Connor Reilly
Heroine: Emma Jacobsen
While Emma didn’t drive me nearly as batty as Nicole did, she came pretty close to several times in her short story. Connor has a bet going with his brothers, to see who can hold out on sex for the longest (winner wins about ten grand). He thinks he has it in the bag because he’s not tempted in the least. He’s got some time off and he spends a lot of time with his best friend, Emma Jacobsen at her garage. Emma’s a mechanic and when Connor tells her that he’s fine around her because he doesn’t see her as a woman since she’s a mechanic- she gets all pissy (rightly so, I was annoyed too) but like any red blooded female, she doesn’t get sad, she gets even. She sets off to seduce him and it works like a charm (which come to think of it, he’s been celibate for almost two months and he’s a total horndog, of course she was going to seduce him).
The thing that annoyed me about this story was Emma. Connor did a pretty bang up job of annoying me too but not enough to where I wanted to kick him in the nuts and call it a day or anything. With him, it was mainly stupid shit he’d say that had me rolling my eyes down the street but with Emma, her thought processes annoyed me more than everything that Connor said. After they bang in her garage, she starts spewing things that confused the hell out of me and Connor too and I had no idea what the hell was wrong. She got to angry, too fast that it had me shaking my head but the other thing that I wasn’t a fan of was how quickly she fell in love with Connor.
For me, it wasn’t believable and I wish more had happened before she finally fell because then it would have been believable but since that didn’t happen, my enjoyment of the story as a whole suffered.
Grade: 2.75 out of 5
Overall, I thought Roxanne St. Claire’s story in this book was my favorite. I really enjoyed Deuce and Kendra (even when they were fighting) but the other two stories just weren’t for me.
Overall grade: 3 out of 5 (I totally used the calculator, =P)
This book is available from Harlequin. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

Giveaway Winner Roundup: Take 2

Posted October 12, 2009 by Casee in Giveaway Winners | 6 Comments

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Review and Giveaway: Make Her Pay by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted October 7, 2009 by Casee in Reviews | 38 Comments


Casee‘s review of Make Her Pay (Bullet Catchers, Book 9) by Roxanne St. Claire.

Bullet Catcher and former Navy SEAL Constantine Xenakis has infiltrated a dive ship to discover who’s plundering priceless gems from a legendary sunken Spanish galleon. When he catches Lizzie Dare red-handed in the locked treasure room, her story of a stolen ancestral legacy convinces him to work with the sexy thief instead of turning her in — and not just because he wants to find the real culprit. Lizzie is willing to risk everything to save the Bombay Blue Diamonds from her sworn enemy, even if that means giving in to an irresistible desire to get closer to her accomplice. But when passion hits them like a rogue wave and danger surrounds them like a school of hungry sharks, their adventure on the high seas turns treacherous…and deadly.

Con Xenakis has one change to prove to Lucy Sharpe that he has what it takes to be a Bullet Catcher. After years of skirting the line between right and wrong, Con now has to make a choice. Does he stay in the shadows or come out in the sun? (I came up with that analogy all by myself.) Deciding that he’s going to show Lucy that she’s wrong about him, he takes a job where he has to uncover a thief.

From the moment that Con and Lizzie come together, there are fireworks. The first time they meet, they end up naked in the shower together after ten minutes. It had nothing to do with sex or sexual attraction, but it was still pretty hot. The number of times these two ended up naked together before they actually got to the good part was pretty amazing. I thought they both showed considerable self-restraint.

Lizzie is part of the team salvaging El Falcone for one reason: to clear her father’s name. For years, her father said their family was wronged and their name besmirched. He died before he could complete what he started. Lizzie decided to take up where he left off. That included finding artifacts that rightfully belong to her family.

When Lizzie decides to trust him, it can’t get any better for Con. While he thought she was a thief at the beginning, he realizes that she isn’t the thief. The thief that he’s looking for that is. As Con is more attracted to Lizzie by the day, he knows that it will all be over when she finds out who he works for.

This book was classic Bullet Catcher fare. Con has popped up here and there throughout the years, so it was nice to finally get his story. Lizzie is the perfect woman for him. She believes in Con when he doesn’t believe in himself. She knows that he’s not the villain that he portrays himself to be. Even after he shatters her trust in him, she still doesn’t think he’s a bad person. A jerk, yes.

At the end, Con has to decide between Lizzie and being a Bullet Catcher. It may seem like an easy decision to some, but it’s not so cut-and-dried for Con.

The ending is melt-your-heart sweet. Loved it.

4.25 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Review: Now You Die by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted September 9, 2008 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Former Bullet Catcher and lone wolf investigator Jack Culver is on a mission. Thirty years ago, an innocent woman was convicted of murder. Jack believes he’s found the real killer — but to take down one of the highest legal authorities in the land, he needs access. Serious access. Unfortunately, the one person he knows with that kind of power is his ex-boss and ex-lover, the woman who still haunts his dreams.

Bullet Catchers owner Lucy Sharpe realizes she’s being used for her connections, and she intends to use Jack Culver right back. She’s determined to see justice served, even if that means partnering with the man who once found his way past her iron shields. This time, she’ll be strong enough to avoid Jack’s persuasive touch.

But when passion flares, and they become the killer’s target, Lucy and Jack don’t just break some rules — they shatter them. And that means risking everything: their jobs, their hearts…and their lives.

This book was effing awesome. As w/ any popular series character, you always wonder if there’s going to be a let down. This just must be my summer b/c I loved this book and I loved Lucy. Heh.

Now You Die wraps up what really happened on that night 30 years before. Jack Culver has been Eileen Strafford’s biggest supporter, doing whatever he can to make sure she is not only reunited with the girls she gave up, but that she finally is exonerated for murder. There’s just one small problem with Jack’s plan…the man he thinks is responsible for everything is a Supreme Court Justice. The only person Jack thinks can help him is Lucy Sharpe. Not only does she have the in he needs, but she is always open minded.

Lucy (and her white streak of hair) has always been an intriguing character. What Rocki did reveal about the BulletCatcher boss was painfully small. All we know is that Lucy had a child that was murdered by someone we assume is her lover, who she then killed. Hence the white streak of hair. Lucy is a very self-contained person who never, ever lets anyone see any weakness. That is why she can barely stand the sight of Jack Culver. Jack is one of the few who has seen her at her weakest and she has never forgiven him for that.

Though she is at first incredulous at Jack’s belief that Higgie is the father of Eileen’s triplets as well as a murderer, the evidence he presents to her is compelling. While she won’t blindly follow Jack’s belief that he’s guilty, she is willing to launch an investigation into the possibility that he’s involved. Unfortunately for Lucy, that means that she’ll be in close contact with Jack.

Jack was a fantastic hero. He is one of the few people that understands what makes Lucy tick. Though he’s been in love with her for years, he’s wisely kept his feelings to himself. Biding his time. Waiting until he thinks she’s ready to face the feelings that they have for each other.

Jack and Lucy are both loners who have to work together to solve a 30 year old mystery. There is a lot of give and take involved in their relationship. I think what I liked best was that Jack’s ego was able to withstand a person like Lucy, someone who almost always needs control. At the same time, Lucy was able to give up some of that control to Jack. It was a win-win.

One other thing Jack made sure to let us know is that nothing Lucy did was arbitrary. Too true, Jack.

4.5 out of 5.

This book is available from Pocket Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format.

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Read my review of First You Run here and Then You Hide here.