As amazing as it was to see so many recurring characters appear in one place in this book, I figured out pretty quickly that it’s because the series was coming to a close. I’d be more devastated, but this was definitely a long series and I loved every bit of the ride. (That being said, I definitely wrote “If the show is cancelled, I will riot” on my phone where I jot down notes while I read.) Continue reading
The conceit of this book made for an interesting read in light of the immigration issues currently plaguing the United States. As a note, I fall solidly on the side of how the hoops for immigrating to this country are ridiculous, which is how the plot of Operation Green Card becomes even remotely plausible. So, we’re just going to go with it and look at the story as it stands on its own. Mostly, what I learned is that even fake weddings are incredibly stressful. Continue reading
While creating a three-way relationship in a romance series, it would have been incredibly easy for this to devolve into straight-up erotica. Instead, the author takes three incredibly complex characters and builds a realistic relationship that includes all sorts of interesting stumbling blocks that grab the reader’s attention (even if it does make you want to smack at least once of the men at any point during the reading). Continue reading
Another writing accomplishment means another LEGO set to build! This time, I celebrated finishing the second draft of Steel Shadows, the fifth book in my Steel Empires series, by building the SHIELD Helicarrier after sending the draft off to my awesome beta readers.
If you’ve been following me online for a while, you know that I’m a total Marvel Cinematic Universe fangirl, so it was awesome to build the ridiculous ship made famous by 2012’s The Avengers.
The SHIELD Helicarrier (76042) — 2,996 pieces
This LEGO set is now retired, so many thanks to a friend of mine for helping me to acquire it before time ran out! Continue reading
Even though the main characters had their traditional “meet cute” in person, this story made effective use of modern dating apps to ensure that they got back together. In fact, this entire series has been modern in that the characters are not to be separated from their smartphones, even the Bluewater Bay inhabitants and not just the Hollywood Invasion types.
Though Shane and Aaron are initially linked through physical attraction, watching them maneuver through their relationship is fascinating because they are very much people in two different places in their lives. But as much as they think they’re different, I occasionally wanted to smack them upside the head until they realized how similar their goals were. Continue reading
Once again, Maxfield shines with her use of character. Though there is a significant (and quite sexy) romantic element to this novel, the journey for me was more about the character progression, whether or not Healey and Diego ended up together. The author made me cheer for them as individuals, not necessarily as a couple.
Halfway through the book, I even realized that I’d be content if they didn’t end up together forever. Through the course of the story, each person was learning important things about himself that would make them better people in the long run. And I firmly believe that two people should make a romantic pair, rather than a romantic pairing be the way in which people “complete” themselves. Continue reading
Disclaimer: I received an electronic copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. I am friends with the author and we shared a publisher.
The flow and style of the language in this novel took me on a trip around the world that I’m not sure I wanted to come back from. Whether it was modern-day, war-torn Afghanistan, the European countryside that wasn’t in much better shape during the Great War, or the humid depths of the Mexican jungle, I was one hundred percent there with the characters. Even when I wasn’t precisely sure what was going on, I didn’t necessarily care because the words swept me up in their wake. Continue reading