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Nora Roberts never disappoints! This book grabbed me right from the beginning and just never let go. The storyline was well thought out and well written. Nora Roberts makes you feel for her characters and cheer for them to succeed. Well worth reading. I have read every one of Nora Roberts books and am looking forward to the next!
This I think is the best Nora Roberts book thatI have read. The story move along fast and with lots of twists. It is very well written .she even uses the tenses correctly The isn’t as much sex as usual in her story’s Loved the cast sounds like the perfect fantasy world. Recommend it!
I usually enjoy Nora Roberts enough that I would give her 4 stars. This book, however, was too predictable, which diminished my enjoyment somewhat. I kept putting the book down, because I kept making predictions about the plot that all turned out to be correct. As a result, it took me about 3 weeks to finish.
I am a huge fan of Nora Roberts and usually enjoy her novels, but I found this one woefully underwhelming. I found the character development lacking, the plot 100% predictable, and just seemed like it was a paint by Numbers story with real depth or effort. It wasn't so much that the characters were unlikeable, just unbelievable.
Pulled at the ole heart strings. Even though there were some predictable twists and turns, the overall story captured the mind and imagination in a stranglehold. As with all of Nora’s novels, an excellent read.
3.0 out of 5 starsNot love, not hate. Indifference.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2019
It hurts to give Nora only a 3 star. It actually hurts. I've read her stories for almost 10 years and yes there have been hits and misses, but not one like this for me. Let's begin with what I loved. Part One. In part one we meet Zane's family. We read on in horror as a young boy attempts to save his mother only to be beaten savagely and left upstairs to rot. I cried for him as he lay in the darkness of his room, weeping in pain and despair and hatred for the people who are supposed to love him. Zane is very special. He's kind and considerate, he's protective and very smart, and very talented on the baseball field. And he loves his sister. Everything he does is for her and being a baby sister myself, having a brother protected me, it pulled at every heart string I have. The first part of the book is very violent and heart breaking and hard to read, but it's the best part of the book. I really liked Emily and Lee, and Britt. I liked the family they made and I knew where it was going the second Lee asked Dave if he and Emily were married. I see you, Lee. I feel you. ;) The book then goes on to three other parts and, for me, it just didn't work. I liked the relationship Zane and Darby became, I liked how excited he became when he met Zod and... that's about it. Now, the sad part. I have never failed to connect with a character the way I failed to connect with Darby. I'd just finished this heart breaking but beautiful part in Zanes life and then we cut to Darby and I found her very uninteresting. She lacked to have that NR flare in my opinion. Every one liked, she was meant to be this big ball of energy, but to me she read like a side character. There wasn't enough depth to her. I didn't care why she came to town, as there was no real reason other than giving it a go. There wasn't even an initial spark between her and Zane and while I don't mind a slow build up, I want at least some spark, something there. And there wasn't. One minute he's literally referring to her as 'the landscaper' and then he's intrigued, but again, it doesn't come off as sincere. More like someone said, you are now attracted. Like I said, I liked most of their relationship, but come on. I was reading this book and thinking, I was much more invested in Emily and Lee, who even though they didn't have endless romantic scenes, had more chemistry and drew me in while I just wasn't buying them together at all. It took a lot to move past that. My main thing, other than not connecting with Darby (Like Tay Tay said, it's not love, it's not hate it's just indifference) there was no real villain and I've read that a lot in other reviews, how it was just plain stupid. There is no big build up, you're told about Graham and she might has well as added a winky face when first mentioning the end villains name. There was no build up, no mystery for me. It felt like she finished writing about a third of the way through, then was like oh crap, better add more and then we get a third threat and at this point it felt moronic. There's never any real threat, it's all dealt with so easily. I had to read more about what paint or waterfall than we did about the murderer. It started out so strong, but this is not one of her better books.
Nora Roberts' books are enhancing and ruining my life in equal measures. Enhancing because her character decorators, gardeners and furniture builders have inspired me to get off my lazy ass and do some stuff in my own house. I literally assembled my bed frame which had been waiting for me to pay it some attention for 3 months, just because a character in the previous Nora Roberts was assembling hers (she had help from a sexy man however...not fair). On the downside Nora's books are ruining my life as I cant keep my nose out of them the rest of the time. I'll be found, withered to my bones, having face planted my Kindle, exhausted from all the reading. I loved Zod by the way. I'm normally a cat person but I want to take all the dogs home from Nora's novels.
Read in just over 4 hours. Good but not one of her best. I figured out at about 60% through who the villain was. If obvious to me, why not to the central characters? Liked the main characters, one of Nora’s strengths is creating believable people whom you imagine could be your friends, and localities where you’d be happy to live, heroes you’d like to meet and heroines you’d like to be. The plot building however rose and sank until for me there was only one credible villain, that this wasn’t considered by the hero, heroine or local police stretches the boundaries of credibility.
This was the best book I've read in a while. Hooked me from the start right to the last page. There was passion, nail-biting tension, humour, a great sense of family and some scary bits too. All in all, this is Nora at her best.
5.0 out of 5 starsNora Roberts scores another hit.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 31, 2019
Nora Roberts always writes a good book, but this one is Un-Put-Downable. It begins with a brother and sister who have an abusive father and a mother who supports him and follows their lives onward. I don't want to spoil the plot, but this book is going to stay in my collection. I'll definitely be going back to it.
It dropped in my kindle and I sat down to read it and stayed there till I finished (took it to kitchen and bathroom with me too). I had worked out who the second bad guy was a good way before the end because there was only one person it could have been. I loved all the good guys and was sorry when it finished, but I am now going to read it all again. I have all Nora Roberts on my kindle and J D Robb and read them all through again in between other authors. I love Nora Roberts and think she is the best author on planet Earth!
It got off to a bad start with me. To say why is kind of a spoiler but it's to do with perpetuating stupidity. The violence was quite shocking and it felt a little gratuitous. Do bear this in mind if you are affected by issues like this. I liked that she's trying something new. In terms of writing style. I will continue to read her stuff but wasn't mad about this. Loved Zane and Darby though.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2019
This is the first book that I've managed to read all the way through since my daughter was born over 4 years ago. It's typical Nora Roberts in you know who's going to end up together and you have a pretty good idea who the bad guy was going to turn out to be from around half way through the book. But her writing is such that this didn't bother me at all, I was happy to keep on reading to be proved correct.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 2, 2019
Great start,dark and violent but well written with great descriptive dialogue and interesting characters. Half way through it started to drag and then we got my pet hate- repeat dialogue and scenes when told from another pov- far too much of it and i was skipping pages. I felt the book could have easily lost several chapters. it just dragged. Shame as the storyline was good