Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Recent Reads

Take Me by Lucy Monroe
About the book:
Jared, Viscount Ravenswood, has no choice but to honor the deathbed wish of his servant: that he introduce her soon-to-be orphaned daughter to the notorious Duchess of Clairborne. But this is no ordinary child. She's the key to the Duchess's shocking secrets, and to Jared's own unexpected past.

I got this one when I read a great review at Sanctuary's Finest. Earlier I mentioned how much I had enjoyed The Real Deal, but then how much I loathed Come Up and See Me Somtime. This one ended up falling somewhere in the middle. I liked it, I really did. In fact part way through the book I went out and got the first two in the series. I liked Jared. I thought he was an interesting hero, a bit rougher than your normal Viscount so I liked that. And I liked Calantha too. But ultimately I ended up docking points on this one because it was such a cliched story line. The heroine is one of those "virgin widows" with the "evil dastardly husband". I didn't find that believable. We're expected to believe that her "evil dastardly husband" raped servants right left and centre yet didn't touch her for four years. Unh uh - didn't buy it. On top of that, once she meets the hero, she, who has been abused for four years, becomes a died in the wool sex kitten. Nope - didn't really buy that either. Ms. Monroes writing is good. I will read the first two - sometime. And it cleared away the awfulness that was CUASMS so I'm glad I read it, but I just didn't enjoy it as much as Jazz.

Grade: 3 1/2 out of 5

Don't Look Down by Suzanne Enoch
From Amazon:
Enoch introduced art thief Samantha Jellicoe and her British multibillionaire lover Rick Addison in Flirting with Danger (2005). Now the fearless, feisty, "semi-reformed" Samantha is back for a second caper, and so is long-suffering Rick. Having finally decided to leave her life of crime, Samantha goes into the security business. But being legitimate doesn't come easy. Samantha resents all of the unsolicited advice Rick offers, and Stoney, her partner, best friend, and fence, keeps trying to get her to return to the more lucrative life of crime. Plus, there's always the fear that a colleague from her former life, a police officer, or someone she's robbed, will show up at her office. Things aren't much better on the home front. Rick's ex-wife, Patricia, wants Rick back, even if she has to frame Samantha for a crime she didn't commit. As the cherry on the cake, Samantha's first customer turns up dead. With their undeniable chemistry, their witty repartee, and their adventures sleuthing in the glamorous world of Palm Beach glitterati, Samantha and Rick are reminiscent of The Thin Man 's Nick and Nora.

I read Flirting with Danger, really enjoyed it and was delighted to see that Ms. Enoch was planning on a series with these two lead characters. I bought this one when it first came out and it languised on my TBR pile for a while. I figured I'd best get to it when I bought the third one, Billionaires Prefer Blondes. I'm glad I got to this one because it's delightful!! I adore Sam. She's a former cat burglar who's finding it difficult to go straight. She is such a hoot. Strong, independant, she makes Rick, the hero, work for her. I like that in a heroine. And Rick - what a great hero he is. English, rich and a billionaire, he's still down to earth and mad about Sam. I like that in a hero.
This series is very reminicent of the In Death series with a few differences. Sam is a strong, knows her own mind and won't be trampled by the hero heroine. She's also afraid to commit to the hero. Rick is an English (as opposed to Roarke's Irish), rich business man who is more that willing to take the relationship further. They are slowly developing a circle of good friends. They are both very hot for each other. But the differences make then very good too. These are much lighter than the In Death books. Sam isn't nearly as tortured as Eve and Rick seems much more good-natured than Roarke. There seems to be more of a focus on the romance - at least in the first two. The In Death books are shelved in the mystery section around my parts, which I think is right. But this series is shelved in the romance section, which I also think is right.
I'm looking forward to more of these ones.
I haven't read that many of her historicals although I do have a number to be read, but I'm really enjoying her contemporaries.

Grade: 4 out of 5

'til later


Kaitlin said...

I read Don't Look Down too. I liked it...better than the first one too. I liked the relationship between the two leads. :) Great sex too. LOL!

If I don't "talk" to you before hand, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, though I actually know yours is earlier than ours. But hey, we're having it here, right? :) Bye!

Sandie said...

I just started Tempt Me by Lucy Monroe. I'm not sure what to think, honestly.

it's the first time I've read her.
what was her best book, in your opinion?


Kris said...

I have not read Suzanne Enoch, I going to have to try that series. thanks.

I have not read a whole lot of Lucy Monroe (because I am not a huge fan of the Presents line ans she writes a lot of those), but I do like her Ready, Willing and Able trilogy a lot.

nath said...

Hey Kristie :D You know my favorite scene in Don't Look Down? it's when sam and rick get into a fight and Sam storms out of the house, lashing Rick's tires so he can't follow her :P When this book first came out, I was really confused, but at the same time, Don't look Down by Jennifer crusie and bob mayer just came out as well.

anyway, I think you'll enjoy Billionaires prefer blondes :D

Devonna said...

I'm waiting for the Lucy Monroe trilogy to arrive ~ I'd bought it from ebay right before Rosie offered to give them to me. I'm looking forward to reading them. Seems people either really like them or don't.

I haven't read The Real Deal, but got Come Up and See Me Sometime from our library booksale.

I also have not read this Suzanne Enoch series either. The whole thief thing kind of turned me off to it. I absolutely loved her Lessons in Love series and just got her With This Ring series from the UBS.

Rosie said...

I read the three Monroe books back to back over a weekend. I've found, for me, it's the best way to read a series. These were good reads, but not great reads. I think that this one was the weakest of the three.

Mailyn said...

LOL that does sound very silly...how evil was he that he didn't think to rape his own wife?

Kyahgirl said...

I read Flirting with Danger a little while ago so will check out these other too. I liked Sam and Rick.

Kristie (J) said...

Kaitlin: Have yourself a Happy Thanksgiving!! Are you planning on reading the third one? I think I liked the second one better too so if that follows through, I'll like the third even more.

Sandie: I've only read the three of them, but I really liked The Real Deal. It's a contemp and I wasn't bothered nearly as much by that one.

Kris: I think I've read a couple of her historicals and I must have liked them because I have a few. I don't really remember them though but I'm really liking the Sam & Rick series!! I know she writes a lot for HP It's a line I've never read - can't stand the titles :)

Nath: I loved that part too :) And I liked the way he followed her. I liked the way she kept trying to break into his houses too!

Devonna: (like your little bell there) It wasn't that I didn't like the LM - I will read the first two. But it was just a tad too cliched to give it a higher grade. I'll have to see what you and Rosie think of it.

Rosie: I'll have to read the other two sooner then if they are better.

Mailyn: Apparently the reason was because he didn't want her to loose her figure by becoming pregnant *snort*

Kyahgirl: Like I said to Kaitlin, I liked this one even better than Flirting with Danger so I think you'll really like it.

Jazz said...

Glad you didnt' find it horrible at least. lol. And you know what? It was my favorite out of the series so I don't know how much you'll like the other two. I didnt' like the second one much at all. Very stupid heroine IMO. But maybe you'll like them better.
I have the other book in my TBR pile, I just borrowed it from Holly.

ag said...

whoa, this erads like a fine mess to get myself entangled in. I love diabolical plots and characters.