Before I do this, I have to say that I really do love Terri Osburn. Her Anchor Island series is a favorite of mine. So when I saw this book was available on NetGalley, I downloaded immediately. It pains me to say I’m sorry I did.
First, the good. The writing is stellar (as always). The dialogue is great. Secondary characters are fun and deep without intruding too much on the main characters. And Cooper? He’s a dream hero. Sensitive but not weak, good with his hands (he’s a mechanic, y’all...minds out of the gutter), and just an all around great guy. The heroine? Pfffttt. Not so much.
Apparently there was some huge publicity around this book’s author, who wrote the story while hanging out at a tire shop, just like Kate, the main character in the book. While it’s a cool story, it had nothing to do with why I decided to read the book. I read the book for 2 reasons:
The hero isn’t a billionaire, playboy, shifter, Navy Seal or rockstar; he’s a mechanic. You don’t get enough sexy mechanics in romance land (in my humble opinion).
The blurb is cute, as is the cover dude (can’t ever go wrong with a hot guy flashing abs and using tools, am I right?)
I have a confession to make. I’m a grumpy old lady. (Shocking, right? You never would have guessed it, huh?) And in my capacity as a grumpy old lady, I get cranky when my favorite authors branch out into other genres or categories of romance. I want them to write what I want them to write, darn it! Is that too much to ask?
This one kind of pains me, because I really like the author. Her bookWild Irish was even on one of our weekly “best of” lists.But this one just wasn’t my cuppa. Here’s why:
Instalove. The hero (Carter) and heroine (Layla) have this instant attraction, but they never get the chance to get to know each other. Circumstances seperate them, and by the time they’re together again, Layla is already pregnant with Carter’s brother’s baby. But Carter immediately steps in and takes care of Layla, falling for her REALLY quickly, even though they’re still basically strangers. It was a little too unrealistic for my liking.
I have a feeling I’m part of the “unpopular opinion” crew on this one. While there were a ton of things I really liked about the book, ultimately I felt like it was a bit over the top. Too much angst, not enough substance.
First of all, the good stuff. The author is obviously extremely talented. The writing is beautiful. There’s a very natural flow to the story, and the steamy scenes are VERY steamy, without being gross (I’m looking at you,Wrong)All that being said, I have a few issues:
Hang with me on this one, guys, because this is going to get crude. (Not my fault...I plan to include quotes from the book.)
So, picture it: It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ve read just about every book featuring hot Irish dudes I can get my hands on. I scroll around on Amazon for a while and notice that this book,Lucky Charm, is selling like crazy. I mean, like CRAZY. I think, what the hell, I’ll give it a read. And then, bad things start to happen. Really, really bad things…
Melanie Harlow is one of my 1-click wonder authors, meaning I know I can 1-click any of her books with complete confidence. She’s never let me down. When I’m in a reading slump (like I have been), I can pick up something she’s written and have a great experience. Every time. No shock that I loved her newest release,Only You, right?
After failing to get throughOperation Annulment, I thought I should give the author another try. (I was grumpy because I had really bad cold when I started reading that one, and the writing in it wasn’t awful, so I felt a little guilty for DNFing it. I thought reading this one was the least I could do, OK?) And thankfully, I was able to finish this one. It wasn’t awful. (There. How’s that for a recommendation?)
First of all, this is a retelling of Snow White and Seven Dwarves with a drug addict as Snow White and bikers as the Seven Dwarves. That’s a pretty awesome concept, so I give the author mad props for original thinking. (I also LOVE fairy tale retellings, so this idea was my kind of catnip)
Did you know that excessive eye rolling can give you a migraine? I do. You wanna know how I know? I read 4 chapters of this book, much eye rolling ensued, and now I have a migraine. Hang with me on this one, guys, because imma rant a little:
The story opens up with Kate, driving home, waxing poetic about how awesome her life is with boyfriend, Benjamin, and how she just KNOWS he’s going to propose that night. He just HAS to propose, because she’s been secretly planning their wedding and building Pinterest boards since they’ve been going out for a WHOLE YEAR. Who goes out for a WHOLE YEAR and doesn’t get engaged, right? Crazy town.
I’ve read and adored just about everything this author has written, and she hasn’t let me down yet. (And that’s a saying a lot, folks. I haven’t found too many authors who haven’t let me down at least once.)Brooklynaireis no exception.
I think what I love best about this book is Nate, the hero. He’s super smart, hard working, and totally sexy. He’s also mega rich without being an emotionally tortured sadist or an alphahole.
I put off reading this book for weeks. I 1-clicked it the day it was released, then hoarded it on my Kindle for weeks without reading it, because I knew that once I started, I wouldn’t be able to put it down. I knew I’d finish it in one sitting, then it’d be OVER and I’d be forced to just sit back and wait (impatiently, bitterly) for the next release. I should’ve just gone ahead and read it on release day. The end result was the same. I read it all in one day, I loved it, and now I’m impatient and bitterly waiting for the author’s next new release. Sigh. It’s all such a vicious cycle
Publication date:01/27/2018 Kindle Unlimited:No Cliffhanger:No
I don’t normally read dark romance. It tends to depress me, and the world is depressing enough on its own, so I don’t need to read depressing crap, too. But on the recommendation of a friend, I read the first book in this series,Prisoner, and absolutely adored it.
I waited and waited and waited for Hostage to be released, and about hurt myself 1-clicking at lightning speed when it came out. And once again, the authors didn’t let me down.
This book is kind of unfair. I mean, there’s an unreasonably hot guy on the cover, holding an adorable baby. If that’s not kryptonite for 99% of the female population, then I don’t know what is. I mean, I feel like I had NO CHOICE but to download this book. The only thing that would’ve made it more irresistible would be a rescued shelter dog on the cover with the unreasonably hot guy and the adorable baby. But fortunately, I’m not bitter about all that emotional (and hormonal) manipulation the cover designer foisted upon me, because I actually ended up enjoying the book. (Phew. This could’ve gotten ugly otherwise.)
I really enjoyed the last book in this series,Curveball. I thought it was well-written, well-paced, and overall, I really loved the characters. I wish I could say the same forException. But…
I really didn’t care for the hero, Joey, at all. When he first meets the heroine, he’s being a total jackass, bad-mouthing her family’s hardware store and small towns in general. It’s totally uncalled for, petty and snobby, and I kind of wanted Coen (his brother and all-around awesome hero fromCurveball) to beat the crap out of him.