Book Review: “Georgia on My Mind” by Force

“Georgia on My Mind” by Marie Force was published in 2011 by HTJB, Inc. The novel is a contemporary romance. It runs about 352 pages. When I got the book it was a free download. I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

The novel covers the romantic stories of three couples. Three woman who are roommates hook up with three brothers.  There is instant attraction between all of them.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it (complete fail) 2-It was alright (below average), 3-I liked it (average), 4-It was pretty good/well done (above average), 5-It was excellent (excellent.)

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 2
  • Heroine: 2
  • Hero: 2

Review:

It is slightly different than a typical romance in that each couple not only falls in love at first sight; they fall into bed shortly there after. Most romance novels I have read a bit more of a relationship is established before they have sex. All issues that the couples have are resolved quickly by the end for the happily ever after.

The novel attempts to give each couple equal page time. It moves back and forth between each couple, and each person. So there are 6 main points of view. It becomes a bit to keep track of.

Some of the minor characters provided comedy to the story.

Some items:

  • Too many characters
  • Too many plot points involving each character and each couple. It caused the book to seem rushed through each of the couples stories, and didn’t give real depth.
  • The author could have done some more research to avoid some mistakes. For example Styrofoam is generally not recyclable when clean, and it certainly isn’t when soiled with food.
  • There were too many characters floating around.
  • There were a few point of view issues.

Overall I thought this novel could have been broken into three separate ones.

 

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Book Review: “92 Pacific Boulevard” by Macomber

“92 Pacific Boulevard Cedar Cover series #9” was written by Debbie Macomber, and published by Mira Books in 2009. I rented the book from the library. I am not being paid for my review.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1.5
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: No; most likely because I started with book 9.

Review: 

The novel is set in a small town and follows the lives of several of the couples in the town. With how the book moves from one couple to the next with each chapter reminded me of a television soap opera. There are two small mysteries tossed in; however, they are treated as sub-plots.

There are too many characters to track through the book. Even the author referred to a character named Grace Sherman Harding as either Grace Sherman or Grace Harding throughout the book. There wasn’t really one hero or heroine as each couple had their own issues to get through in this book; some did and some didn’t. Also as the book is the ninth in the series a lot of the details about their relationships have already been established. Had I read the first 8 books in the series I might have understood why two characters took a trip to Las Vegas, and because they only found one hotel room; got married.

The book also did a lot of telling instead of showing things. For example there is a potluck. One character attends and then tells another character all about the event. Some of the details move other story lines forward and it would have been better to have the reader be at the potluck.

There were also some mistakes such as low gas mileage being cited as a benefit for a car. I tend to believe that the higher the gas mileage the better when it comes to a car, but that is just me.


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Book Review: “A Colby Christmas” By Webb

“A Colby Christmas” is book 25 in the Colby Agency series. It was written by Debra Webb, and published by Harlequin Intrigue in 2006.It is a 245 page romantic suspense novel. I got the novel at a discount book store and I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary):

The hero is wrongfully suspected of embezzlement, or money laundering. He was expected to start work for the Colby Agency after Christmas sometime. The villain hires henchmen to come into the building and destroy evidence. The Colby Agency has offices down one floor from the investment agency that is being investigated. The hero and heroine end up in the building with the henchmen.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 3.5
  • Hero: 3
  • Heroine: 3
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read others in the series: Yes

Review:

The novel starts from the point of view of the matriarch, Victoria, of the Colby Agency. It isn’t until chapter two that the story starts. That is when the medias res (middle of the action) happens. The heroine wakes up still at the office and wonders what happened to the musicians that were supposed to be there setting up. This starts her adventure for the night. The hero also shows up for the first time in chapter two.

The rest of the novel the hero and heroine run around the building trying to escape the bad guys. They get caught. They escape. They get the proof the hero had to prove his innocence out. Some of it seems a bit drawn out. There is some romantic tension between the hero and heroine. Where the villains are caught at the end of the novel, the henchmen they hired were not.

The scenes involving Victoria aren’t necessary and only break up the momentum of the rest of the story. At the end of the novel at the Christmas party there is a listing of who all is at the party.


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Book Review: “Dreamland Razor’s Edge”By Brown

“Dreamland Razor’s Edge” by Dale Brown and Jim DeFelice was published by Avon books in 2003. It is a military thriller and is 420 pages long. It is also the third book in the Dreamland series. I got the book in a box of free ones and I am not being paid for my review.

Synopsis (my summary of the book):

The book is set in the middle east in 1997. Technology falls into the wrong hands. Havoc is released on the good guys. The bad guys plot. In the end the good guys destroy the technology and foil the bad guys.

Rating Legend: 1-Didn’t like it 2-It was alright, 3-I liked it, 4-It was pretty good/well done, 5-It was excellent

Ratings (1-5 scale):

  • Overall: 1
  • Hero(s) Likability: 1
  • Plot:1
  • Read more than once: No
  • Read more in the series: No

Review:

The good guys get into trouble. The bad guys make an advance in their goals. It takes the good guys a long time to believe, let alone do something about, what the bad guys have stolen. The good guys finally do something about the situation. The bad guys end up losing. The good guys go home and move on with life. Toss in a lot of military acronyms, military technology explanations, military jargon, and a few questions about authority to actually have done what they did; and it is this book.

The military technology explanations, acronyms, and jargon slow the book down. The author was also inconsistent in the explanation of the acronyms. In some cases they were written out, in others the reader either had to know it or had to look it up. If removed it would have trimmed the book down. There were a few places where I thought the book became political and preachy. In fact an entire scene seemed orchestrated around a politically preachy point being made.

There are a lot of locations in this book to keep straight. It isn’t just the different countries, headquarters, etc., but every plane is a location. The author switches between them a lot. For example in an airplane battle scene the location is switched to each plane involved in the sequence. So you get to see the battle from the point of view of people on each of the different planes. The headers give an indication as to what location, and when, the next section is taking place.

The author also switches point of view to almost every character in the book. This can be distracting and hard to keep straight. The book did have some interesting descriptions. I also found myself questioning some character behaviors.


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