A true delight, fully enjoyed by my 8 and 11 year old sons. I read out loud, impressed by the humor (some only adults will "get"), adventure (kept my boys thrilled), artwork, and vocabulary. We all give it 5 stars and plan to pick up another of the author's books tomorrow.
I enjoyed the romance between the fast track Boston PR female and the small town sheriff, but the mysterious Native American flashes of history were distracting for me and didn't seem to fully resolve or get explained. A good but not great read for me.
The usual fun mix of creepy bad guy, Eve investigating, Roarke charming those in their orbit, and the secondary characters appearing. Mira consults, Mavis' house is coming along, and the bad guy is caught in the end.
REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Enjoyed by my 9 year old and myself, I was a little worried that the topic might be too intense (child abduction, for a while you think she might be dead) but he was not bothered by it and there is a happy ending. Great way for kids to learn about the legal system while having fun. Good balance of independent teen hero and knowing when to ask for help.
A slow listen for me at the start with lots of setting description and revisiting a previous book. However, by the end I had to keep listening! Good twists and turns, likable and realistic characters, and important ethical questions raised.
This is my favorite kind of contemporary romance - a tough, protective hero who only wants the best for the heroine, who is also independent and hard-working. There's a community of generous friends to make up for missing family and, of course, you can count on happily ever after!
A nice quick read if you are in the mood for something spooky, but not too spooky. The leads are sympathetic characters and the setting is very atmospheric. There's more mystery than romance and more back and forth between the small town and the city than I expected. It was a nice read but I'm not seeking out the rest of the series.
This was a helpful, but slightly dry read about many aspects of ADHD. They try to make it accessible by including some information in the form of questions and answers. It covers the entire age span, offers clear information about which treatments are proven to work, which treatments are known to not work, and which treatments have not had enough controlled studies to determine whether or not they work. Working with schools and their legal obligations to your child, the use of medications in treatment, and the social implications for those diagnosed are also discussed. While not a page turner, I think anyone motivated by the recent diagnosis or suggestion of ADHD in their child would find it honestly helpful. New ideas for me included the concept of medication dosing at an optimal level for each individual child which means raising the dose even after the first signs of improvement are seen. (A higher dose might lead to even more improvement, and if there are no side effects for the child, it's clearly better). Directly involving the child in treatment planning from day one was also emphasized.
Jake Robinson is a Vietnam war hero mourning the loss of his beloved wife. Zoey Lange grew up seeing Jake as a hero because he saved the life of her father. When she's placed on his team to recover a deadly nerve agent from a right wing fanatic, they end up posing as husband and wife. Can he get past his concerns about his age? Will she finally fall all the way in love with a man? Part of a series (Tall, Dark, and Dangerous) that I'm looking forward to reading!
Maybe I'd have been more enamored of this book if I had read the rest of the series. As a stand alone, it was fine, but nothing extra special. I felt like the reasons for the heroine and hero to not remain together were repeated too often. If you like a historical with an unconventional heroine and a mystery piece, I'd recommend Amanda Quick's Surrender.
I understand readers' disappointment if they ordered the book without having a chance to look at it. As someone who picked it up from the library and therefore realized it was more of a fun, flip through it listing of characters rather than a novel about what happened next, I honestly liked it. It made me want to go back and reread the series because there are people I didn't remember at all. I was impressed by how quickly I was back in Sookie's world with such brief descriptions. If you're a fan of the series and you know what you're getting, you may like this one!
I've loved this series and was really looking forward to Donovan's story, but this was a disappointment. The last 100 pages were what I hoped for, action, passion, and a happy ending. Unfortunately the first 300 pages were bland, repetitive, and completely forgettable. Much of the hero's time is spent feeding and tucking in for a nap the heroine and her siblings. There were only one or two mentions of Donovan's computer skills and intelligence in the course of the entire book! I'm used to tactical planning and guns blazing from Banks' characters; I won't be adding this one to the others on my keeper shelf. Ditto the other reviewer's comments on referring to the heroines from the rest of the series as "the wives." We know their amazing individual stories; they deserve more than token group mentions and online shopping as their "activity."
Adair writes great action scenes so that's what the stars are for. Otherwise I found little to like about this book. A drug that causes people to have indiscriminate sex is a little far-fetched and I'm a reader who's fine with vampire, werewolves, and fairies. The hero is mean to the heroine for much of the book, and even if you push through to the end there's no reasonable explanation for most of what happens. "He'd gone to extraordinary lengths to get Dakota to Greece by the most convoluted methods possible" (page 357). "Maybe we're better off not knowing all the answers" (page 382). I won't be looking for any more books by this author.
Incredibly beautiful writing about grief, family, and community along with small truisms about life that are exactly right. Antonia has a hole in her heart after her husband's death but she decides to honor him by embodying what she loved about him. When faced with a tough situation she chooses to say, "Let's see what love can do." The tough situations here include a sister in need of mental health care and a pregnant immigrant teen.
This felt like a delicious mashup of World War Z and the Handmaid's Tale. I am definitely going to read the next book to see what happens. I really enjoyed the specificity of her writing. There weren't just "toys strewn about" but instead an upside down Cozy Coupe. The foragers realize middle class households are more likely to have granola bars than fancy estates. It was a fun escape, though I agree with another reviewer that the sex seemed sudden and intenese given where we were in the story.
Page turning enough to have me looking for the rest of the series. The innocent kindergarden teacher as stripper was a stretch, but made for a good story and a noble hero. Nice level of action and rescue.
I have Against the NIght on my keeper shelf so was really looking forward to this book. I was hugely disappointed because I couldn't like the heroine at all. Even in the final pages of the book she still wants to deny her love for the hero because he isn't the type to like to attend the ballet! I wanted to give her a shake throughout and wish I hadn't forced myself to finish this one.
A good page turner with action and a twist I did not anticipate. I had not read the two previous books in the series but was not at all lost about what was going on. There is enough closure in this one to feel satisfied, but the series does continue with at least one more book after this.