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Tami

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...)

DNF soon to come...

Truth or Beard - Penny Reid

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.

This felt dated...

The Welcoming (Silhouette Special Edition No. 553) - Nora Roberts

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.

This just wasn't that funny.

The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard: A Funny, Feel-Good Romantic Comedy - Robert Bryndza

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...

It was an ok read. Had fun moments.

Get Lucky - Lila Monroe

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.

Fun read.

Bet Me - Lila Monroe

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.

Little short.

Little Boy Dead: A Boystown Prequel - Marshall Thornton

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.

 

The whole rape story line with the director and the girl reminded me of Roman Polanski controversy, not sure if that was the inspiration...

(show spoiler)

OTT with a wink...

The Back Passage - James Lear

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.

I really like the protag's voice.

Not You It's Me - Julie   Johnson

But the billionaire shit?

Nope.

 

And the family feud that is going on?

Nope.

 

Very unfortunate.

Unsure about that one...

Lingus - Mariana Zapata

I started it, because I liked her other books and it was free on kindle unlimited.

 

But there was too much "bitches", "whores" etc. to this whole women friends in the porn industry. It was a bit off-putting.

 

Also it felt a bit hypocrite that the heroine was so embarrassed by the porn fair but on the other hand was supposed to come across as super cool and sexy and open-minded because she is friends with a porn star and her other friends wants to boink with one...

 

It left me scratching my head. Not sure I will pick it up again.

This one felt a bit impersonal.

Troublemaker - Joseph Hansen

What was great: the crime plot. 

The characters and the story line, the way this all unfolded.

I was missing the personal development with Dave - he felt a bit detached.

Still, a very good crime novel.

I enjoyed the banter so much.

Welcome to Temptation - Jennifer Crusie

I re-discovered Jennifer Crusie for me - and this one was a very good one of hers!

 

The banter, the atmosphere, the characters - main and side - it all made for a hilarious and enjoyable read.

 

I really did Phineas - he was yummy. And Sophie was so relatable. I was rooting for them. 

Entertaining and enjoyable.

True Love and Other Disasters by Rachel Gibson (2009-05-14) - Rachel Gibson;

I was actually surprised how much I liked this story.

My expectations were low - because of the setting with the playmate and the hockey player.

But it turned out to be a really good read.

 

I liked Faith. She didn't pity herself, didn't throw her sob story around, she stood by her decisions to work with what nature gave her (her body, her beauty) to make a decent living.

 

The romance processed a bit quick, but since it was clear it would be a fairy tale like story (not with "real" people who meet, talk, get to know each other in normal situations) it fit with the whole plot.

Slow burn and a lot of banter.

Bet Me - Jennifer Crusie

I very much liked Min. She was a cool heroine.

 

Calvin was ok  too. I liked how the story developed. There was humor and banter and some nice side characters too.

 

An enjoyable read.

Very reasonable heroine falls for the most handsome man in London.

Pursuing Lord Pascal - Anna Campbell

I liked this story. I liked that he wanted to be more but also less than his pretty face and magnificent body.

 

I liked the heroine, she was smart and pragmatic.

 

An entertaining and enjoying read.

Hero was TGTBT, heroine meh.

Under Locke - Mariana Zapata

This was disappointing. Dex was the über-beautiful macho guy, who was supposedly an asshole. Mostly he was introverted and grumpy to people.

And the most important thing about him was how incredibly beautiful he was. How hot. How totally physically perfect.

 

That got old fast.

 

The heroine had a hard life until that point, like nearly every one in this author's books that I have already read. I like Diana in "Wait for it" so much better, than the abused, bullied, neglected, abandoned or formerly sick (cancer) that populate the rest. It's as if the hot alpha male is supposed to be the reward karma-wise for having had a shitty life.

 

It didn't really work for me.

 

This book was mostly boring and I skimmed a lot, especially in the end.

This oscillated between great and meh.

Getting Rid Of Bradley - Jennifer Crusie

Case in point, this quote:

 

"There were never any women who looked to cook for men every day. There were only women who cooked for survival and pretended to like it. And now there are men who cook for survival. Like you. Think of this as survivalist training. Very macho."

 

It had its moments.

 

It was a fun read.