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Midnight's Warrior
Donna Grant
Angels' Flight (Angels' Pawn #0.5, Angels' Judgment #1.5, Angel's Wolf #4.5, Angels' Dance #4.75)
Nalini Singh
The Fifth Day of Christmas - Betty Neels This book is a bit different than the majority of other Betty Neels' books. I felt the lead female character was a Virgo. While she was self sacrificing and understanding with the most horrible patients, she cared nothing about her own family. Her sister in law had debilitating depression and that is the main reason she left the hospital... her brother has asked for her help with his wife and brand new child. Yet, she would rather to be harassed and emotionally abused by a selfish stranger ... cry her eyes out every night than to lend a helping hand to her own family. I really didn't care for the way she talked about them. I could actually hear katy perry hot and cold in my mind while reading about her. She went from taking the OW belittling remarks and harassment for a month to exploding and calling her a harpy and a fraud to sitting down calmly to share her tea with her. As for the lead male character, I disliked him quite a bit. and so far he is the first one for me with this author. He was supposedly a physician who seemed to be very familiar with polio which was an epidemic in 1950's in certain area of Europe...and what the OW contracted while in Holland. Yet, he was played thoroughly by someone who enjoyed reading books by renaissance philosophers with no medical knowledge or background. Within an hour meeting the OW, his cousin who also happen to be a physician told Julia that he suspected the OW has been walking for a while. He, on the other hand had no clue and didn't want to listen to anyone daring to say something bad about the OW... He only learned about the deception because he overheard the OW admitting it. When the OW was at the hospital, he basically ran away to Scotland and left his poor father and sister to deal with his "assumed girlfriend/fiance" nasty piece of art work. The OW stayed there in bed for 6 months and treating everyone like crap before he decided to come back with a nurse for her. His attitude toward Julia at times were disgusting. I really enjoyed the portrayal of the OW; I just think Ms. Neels was having so much fun writing this character that she didn't take enough time to make sure her other character didn't represent themselves as stupid and overly ignorant.
Bride For Hire - Jessica Hart A cute story. This book could have been very angsty based on the plotline and series of misunderstanding and unfortunate events, but it wasn't. I never lost fate in Seth and I adored Daisy. Thank you Leona for the recommendation.
Love in Disguise - Rachel Lindsay The first half of the book was 5 star, the second half a 3 stars. I wish she remained in disguise longer and her cover wasn't blown so early. There were areas in the book I did not understand the male lead character's reasoning specifically when it came to his relationship with the OW ... asking her to hire a decorator and do as she wishes with his country home...talking until 3 in the morning, staying at her place until dawn, allowing her to host his parties and all of these happening for over a month while her husband was a way. He was sending a lot of mixed messages to the OW, I could not fault her for believing she had a chance.
The Impossible Woman (Harlequin Presents, No 935) - Emma Darcy 3.5 starsA strong minded female lead character with an amazing family support, a male lead character with fear of commitment, an older married, rich, confident OW. The plot line was good, the characters were interesting, the underlying emotions that twist my heart in some of her books was missing.
In Need Of A Wife - Emma Darcy I have no idea what she was thinking when she came up with the idea for this one. Who knew Emma Darcy can have so much sense of humor? The plot line and the characters are insane BUT somehow it works. I found myself laughing out loud or shaking my head while reading 90% of this book. It was so very unexpected.
Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23) - Sherrilyn Kenyon 3.5 stars.What authors really need to understand is when you write so much about brutal violence in any form taking place in a character's life, the readers eventually become desensitized. That is unfortunately what happened to me by the time Styxx was 16. In the first 25% of the book, I retained a capacity for shock, revulsion and dismay when faced with violent rape and other sadistic, inhuman cruelty in his life. My mind's ability to be disturbed by more of the similar atrocities vanished by the time I was at 28%. Imagining the sight of a blood soaked Styxx was no longer provoking any response beyond a dismissive yawn. This numbing effect basically continued until I was done reading this book.Furthermore, Eleven thousand five hundred and thirty-nine years worth of history was resolved and concluded within the last 5% of the book, not nearly enough time spent for a 1600+ page manuscript.
Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #23) - Sherrilyn Kenyon 3.5 stars.What authors really need to understand is when you write so much about brutal violence in any form taking place in a character's life, the readers eventually become desensitized. That is unfortunately what happened to me by the time Styxx was 16. In the first 25% of the book, I retained a capacity for shock, revulsion and dismay when faced with violent rape and other sadistic, inhuman cruelty in his life. My mind's ability to be disturbed by more of the similar atrocities vanished by the time I was at 28%. Imagining the sight of a blood soaked Styxx was no longer provoking any response beyond a dismissive yawn. This numbing effect basically continued until I was done reading this book.Furthermore, Eleven thousand five hundred and thirty-nine years worth of history was resolved and concluded within the last 5% of the book, not nearly enough time spent for a 1600+ page manuscript.
Fallen Angel - Charlotte Louise Dolan A solid 5 star without a hesitation. What a little gem of a book. It was so unexpected and I highly appreciated the chance to read a book that satisfied me completely. The writing was flawless. The characters were engaging and very well developed. What set this book a part for me was the communications between the lead characters.
Except My Love - Mary Burchell Although I did not care for the male lead character AT ALL, I did feel the despair of the main female character. I did not necessarily agree with her choices and could not understand as to why she continued to strongly love her pathetic excuse of a husband... but I could see and feel the story happening. I wasn't just reading words that didn't effect me, it made me have some strong emotion and that is why I am giving this book a three star. The OW is just the way I love them to be, a real mean, conniving, selfish B****.
A Girl In a Million - Betty Neels Another feel good book by Betty Neels. There is one thing that bugs me about her books though. Why do all her lead female characters have to be almost ugly, not plain, not average, but to the point that everyone says to their face, you have no look but you are a good person?
Most Passionate Revenge / A Marriage at His Convenience (Ultimate Collection) - Jacqueline Baird Story line from the back cover:The ideal husband -- if only it were for realAmber's multimillionaire Greek boyfriend, Lucas Karadines, informed her that he was getting married -- to someone else....Five years later, Amber has put Lucas behind her -- until she inherits half his company. Lucas, who's now single again, knows the only way to keep control is for him to marry Amber. But how can she consider marrying him at his convenience -- when, five years before, she was worthy only of being his mistress...?I am a big fan of Jacqueline Baird writing style so it is with great regret that I have to give this book a one star. I actually had to stop reading and check 3 times to make sure this book was really written by this author because frankly It did not have any of the elements that separates this author from the rest. It was more what I see in a fan fiction story written by an amateur want to be writer. Two lead characters slave to their libido. The male lead character's actions and words were harsh and unacceptable. The female lead character had no respect for herself. There was no redemption. There was no accountability. There was no emotion. I was to a point that seriously stopped caring. It would have been a wallbanger if I was not trying to find any clue that gave this book a way as one that was penned by Jacqueline Baird.
The Final Touch - Betty Neels It had all the right elements that makes readers come back to read more of this author's book even though they are very similar as far the plot, the characters, the age difference,.... I enjoyed reading about the twins.
Rise of the Gryphon - Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love 4.5 starsI really love this series, you never know what's going to happen next. Evalle's world is very unique and therefore you really have to start with the first book in the series. This one was all I expected and more... I did not expect or were prepared for the sudden death that happens in this book.
Biting Bad - Chloe Neill 4.5 starsBiting Bad was good enough to make me go back and re-read the entire series; something I don't do very often. After doing so, I came to appreciate the growth I see in Ms. Neill as a writer. So many authors tend to lose the edge and their focus as the series progresses. In this series, the onion layers tend to peel off so very slowly but the characters both primary and secondaries are becoming more mature; they are changing and evolving and starting to feel comfortable in their own skin and surrounding. The writing has also became more precise, more focus just as it should be since it is Merit's POV and she now has a better understanding of her world and the role she plays. There is just enough hint and clues to keep me wanting more.
Waves of Fire - Anne Hampson I love that he waited and gave her time to grow up.
A Man to Be Feared - Anne Hampson 4.5 starsAs Austin O'Malley says, "Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.” and boy did it bite back in this book. The only reason it is not a 5 star is because she forgave him too easily at the end. She should have made him grovel.