I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)
And the title and cover are misleading.
I didn't especially dig the story and the MCs.
Not sure, what it was exactly, I simply didn't enjoy it very much.
I normally like Linda Howard's writing.
But with this one?
Let's say, I see now why it's on 0.99 Euro on Amazon...
I really liked Harmony when she was first introduced.
I think the strange suit and tie thing didn't really work well, but was willing to overlook it.
Now I feel like she completely lost her voice. She morphed into a strange protag between Daniel Faust, some unknown law enforcement and someone totaly non-descript.
She was a by-the-book kind of character. After one and a half stories, she starts to cut corners.
Hence the Daniel Faust deja vue.
The story like could have been done without including the Nazis, but ok.
The overall "new" story arc with the "kings" - I am just not interested in it.
And the overall theme of the good guys always being outgunned and outsmarted, got old real fast.
All around good UF/crime fiction.
I like Harmony as a protag better than Daniel - maybe her backstory? Her being law enforcement instead of criminal?
This was a great read in any way. Only a tiny bit more steam or romance would be nice...
But had to suspend disbelief over the male/female disguise - this really does not work in real life.
Also the butch protag who is apparently too stupid to live.
Also didn't like the sub/dom vibe with the humiliation.
The Jimmy English case unravels finally.
It was an interesting plot - with a nice sideline - but I liked the crime part better than Nick's personal life.
I don't know why, but I just didn't really warm up to Joseph. Maybe it is the open relationship he wants to have? It still feels like cheating from Nick's point of view - because it obviously wasn't what he wanted and only accepted it because he loved Joseph.
I guess it is realistic, but it doesn't endear Joseph to me especially. I am all for having fun and testing out things - but in this constellation with a relationship with someon who wants to be exclusive it just feels like a foul compromise.
The story ended at ca. 36% on my kindle. I got it for free via unlimited and would have been furious had I paid for it.
The rest was promo for the author's other work.
The story was a bit confusing, as for me there was no real story. A glimpse into a couple's long-term relationship. I am probably missing something, but to me it read quite pointless - as a short story. As part of a bigger story it might become an interesting scene, but like this I wasn't interested in the characters.
It did have some humorous moments, but it wasn't a comedy. At least not to me.
There were too many issues that each character had to battle.
It was very well written, with interesting, un-perfect characters and a solid plot.
And the part that was hinted at in the blurb with nephew and uncle trying to set each other up, was the most uninteresting part of the whole book.
It was less gritty than the boystown series (no murders, huh), but it had some of the themes (relationship and committment issues - fidelity, aids etc.) and also the teenager who was mistreated by the conversion therapy people that his parents delivered him to.
So, not exactly light comedy material. Still fun to read and also some substance.
I was trying to make myself go on reading, but did re-reads of some old favourites instead. Will stop reading this now.
The whole set-up is silly.
The protag could have been so cool.
She is not.
She is the math nerd who is hot and totally into sex though she doesn't have much experience - huh?
Yeah. You know the problem with those "I want my female heroine to be a virgin but bow to realism and let her have one lame totally un-hot experience"? They make the heroine totally unconvincing. It is a very hard sell, that someone is totally into sex and then never does the deed...like someone who loves chocolate, but says "ah, na, I'd rather have this delicious broccholi instead."
My next problem was this new "nerds are cool" story lines. Where the female protag is instantly cool and likable because she is into nerd stuff.
News flash: That's not how it works.
And in this case another big problem: The protag doesn't seem to understand how irony and social criticism works.
Exhibit A: Her helloween costume.
She decides to go as sexy gandalf, totally in an ironic way, because going half naked and super sexy shows the ironic understanding of how stupid those sexy little helloween costumes for girls are, right?
WRONG. It shows that you sail in the same boat as the sexy nurse, sexy cop or sexy bumblebee.
What would have been ironic? Going as the unsexy cop with a fake beer belly and donut in hand.
This is very disappointing, as I read some good books by this author. But this is not something I want to continue.
It was a typical romance novel.
With a very unoriginal plot, including the big secret/misunderstanding/forgiveness/immediate wedding...
It is a pity as I really liked the female protag. She was a capable, strong person.
She deserved better than this "love at first sight, wedding after two weeks" bullshit.
I don't know if there are people out there who are that sponteous (read careless) for real, but I just don't buy it.
There was nothing fundamentally wrong with the book, it just wasn't that funny.
The structure with the e-mails was ok, but the comedy factor was just too low.
It had some good moments, but Coco never really grew on me and some of the jokes really felt flat, some slapsticky, and sometimes Coco was just embarrassing.
Also a lot of cliches...
I just didn't dig the whole "marriage in vegas" theme.
That has been done too often - even if it had a turn like in this novel here.
It was very much OTT and the "we were so drunk, we don't remember what we did" story line also is more problematic than romantic to me.
I liked the female protag a lot - she would have deserved a better story line imho.
I liked this one, though the story line was not original - all those stupid bets in romance novels - the author at least didn't overdo the whole "misunderstanding"/"bet led to true love" nonsense.
It was a solid romance novel with fun banter and good characters.
And it felt somehow disjointed - maybe to be read before the Boystown novels...
It had the same trademark aloofness in the protag, but the "crime plot" was rather simple.
This "sleuth in the early 20th century with a lot of gay sex" story line was highly entertaining.
I chuckled a lot about Mitchell's antics and his irrepressible sense of - ahem - justice...
An enjoyable if a bit pornesque read.