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- Destiny Divided (Shadows of Destiny Book 1)
on April 15, 2011
Honestly, I had to put this one down. I just wasn’t immediately drawn into the characters. When I came back I could kick myself for ever stopping. I am such a schmuck!
Sage is an extremely strong character. I enjoyed the personal, internal journey the author lead us on. The author does an exceptional job in expressing the emotions Sage has and is going through making a connection form easily with the character. She is also completely kick-ass and you have to love that.
James is an arrogant, know-it-all, but sexy as hell professor. His initial intentions for Sage were not so honorable, but James soon realizes love is more important than vengeance. When this happens the alpha male comes out, and the “MINE” phrases begin. You know I love that!!! Yes I do!!!
There is quite a few surprises in this novel, and that I enjoyed. The sarcastic humor was exceptional. Shaw pulled a snort or two from me, I will admit. However, what lacked for me was the sexual relationship of the characters. The first encounters (plural) were referred to but not addressed. This left a big void for me in the novel. I sat back and thought “What the heck! When did that happen?” and flipped back pages to see if I missed something. Then I read the page numbers to see if I was missing pages. Next I realized the information I was looking for just wasn’t there! There is a scene eventually where the leads have a private meeting, but at that point I was a wee bit frustrated.
Would I read the next addition? Yes, for the fact of the great sarcastic humor, and the potential of the series.
- Guarding Suzannah
on April 22, 2011
Suzannah works as a criminal defense attorney and let’s just say she won’t be receiving a lot of Christmas cards from the police force. Making mince meat out of their testimony is her specialty thus leading to her nick name “She-Rex”. Now that she has a creepy stalker escalating in his attempts to get to her she must force herself to trust a cop. THE cop that draws her eye whenever he is in the room, John Quigg.
John as been borderline obsessed with Suzannah for two years. The first time encountering her in a court room has been forever branded in his mind. The opportunity has come for him to get one on one time with her as her personal body guard/faux boyfriend. However, when this case is closed John intends to be a real boyfriend and forever fixture in her life. Now he just has to convince her of that.
This was a good storyline with some quick wit humor,which I love. I would have liked a bit more where the chemistry was concerned. Also, there were two secondary characters I would have enjoyed more involvement from, Ray and Grace. These two strong, and funny characters, when making an appearance, added a great deal to the story. They made John and Suzannah feel more relatable.
As far as the climax or the who done it to the story, in my opinion was reached abruptly. I would have liked more detail about the big baddy and more information about the character.
All in all I enjoyed this novella. I believe there is potential for this series and plan to continue.