Since I missed posting last week's six reads and didn't read anything this week, this post will have to suffice for two weeks.
About three things I was absolutely positive. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him----and I didn't know how dominant that part might be----that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.
Daughters and soon-to-be daughter-in-law have read these and been nagging me to give them a go. I know SmartBitchesTrashyBooks.com had a whole review and rant session about this book, but I gave it a go anyway. It gets a C. Here's what I thought. I'm not a big fan of the "I" point of view in the first place. It's very limiting and leaves me begging answers to questions that distract me from the story. Yes, it is a young adult story but I think only those who enjoyed their high school experience will become engrossed in that part of it. I did not, so did not. While I thought Edward was very well defined as a character (I would have enjoyed visiting his POV), Bella drove me nuts. Teenagers do dishes or cook without prompting? On what planet? And definitely did not like all that domesticated sexist activity in her care of her father - who was a cop, but a clueless parent. In what universe? Story did not pick up until the other vampires encroached on Edward's territory and went after Bella. Now here was a story. Action, angst, terror. Sweet. Here was my biggest gripe. You know those horror movies we all complain about? The ones that open with the dumb blonde, in skimpy clothes or a towel, rainy night and dark, and she hears a noise in the basement and goes to check? Of course, she's murdered by the serial killer of the month. And we're all in our seats screaming for her not to be stupid. Right? The plot device that had Bella getting a phone call from the vampire hunting her - I've kidnapped your mother, come alone - and she does, even though Edward told her not to, left her protected with his family, and the guy is going to kill her! She has some misguided idea that only she can rescue her mother and she wants to protect Edward and his family. Bull pooky! I hate that overused plot mechanism with a passion and it distracted me from the ending. Lots of loose ends too that the girls assure me will be addressed in the next book, which they also assure me I will probably hate as much as I did this one. Wonderful.
I was several days before I had a chance to pick up any other books, and I needed to do some market research so I returned to my Harlequin box.
(I'm not going to post back cover blurbs on these. Since I read so many, it will make this post extremely long. Checkout http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk for descriptions.)
SINGLE DAD SHERIFF
Many annoying things in this one, but most distracting was a couple that didn't seem to connect with each other. The constant 'instant misunderstanding' of each others feelings and actions drove me nuts and Samantha was way too long before she stood up to herself. The llama farm was unusual and the Sheriff's son and the former ranch owner were excellent secondary characters, though, so I kept reading.
Janice Kay Johnson
My score: B+
This one won the RITA this year and I could see why. So you're wondering why, if it won the RITA did I give it only a B+? It's a great story - well worth a few hours curled in a chair. I enjoyed it, but had one difficulty. Fiona meets John and spends four days with him with a bunch of teenagers. The attraction is hot. Then she comes back for Christmas and spends two weeks. They've fallen in love with each other. John is suffering from PTSD from an incident in Afghanistan and can't talk to her about what happened. She walks away from him because in real relationships, he should trust her if he loves her and talk about it. I kept thinking - you've know him all of three weeks WOMAN! Have some effing patience. That was used a plot device to break them up and I didn't like it - hence the B. The ending was satisfying, though, and got a two-hanky cry.
FLASHPOINT and FLASHBACK
Score: A+ on both
Run. To the closest bookstore or amazon.com and find these. If only for the hot, hot pictures on the front, they would be worth it. Lucky you. In addition, the story inside is just as hot, hot, hot. Fun, entertaining, humorous, fast-paced, serious, heartbreaking, loving, wonderful. Need I say more?
Seducing a S.E.A.L.
You know how I'm a SEAL slut. Beginning to wonder why I hadn't been reading any SEAL stories, weren't you? LOL! Seriously, though, skip this one. Drew MacLeod was awesome - as any SEAL candidate should be. But I could not stand Kylie. First, they had sex on the front lawn of his house - ewwww! Not romantic, even if they were drunk. She was way older and made a big fricking deal out of it like it earned her some kind of award, and then she was two-dimensional - so stuck on doing the proper things so nobody would be mad at her - the Navy, her parents, etc. etc. etc. - My first thought was how old are you again? A seasoned Lieutenant Commander, with four years at the Naval Academy and sixteen years of experience should not be suffering such angst. And some of the military details seemed off to me. But what do I know. I'm just a Navy SEAL slut!
If you haven't already read it, now is a great season to pick up a copy of my book, THE DADDY SPELL! You'll enjoy it, guaranteed!