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review 2018-02-04 17:20
Untamed by Nora Roberts
Untamed - Nora Roberts
Jovilette "Jo" Wilder has spent her entire life in the circus. She knows no other life, and she wants no other life...Until the new owner shows up after inheriting the circus from the father he's never met.

This story sure didn't age well. The story itself could work in any time setting, but the characters and their actions and reactions don't fare well in this day and age.

First of all, the story is written in third person, but from the heroine's perspective. Since said heroine, despite being twenty-two (or so we're told) comes across as childish, immature and rather self-absorbed, so we don't glean much about the hero or his possible inner workings from the narrator.
Because we're not privy to the hero's inner voice, his character and his intentions remain (mostly) a mystery, and the final revelation about his true feelings doesn't really work and seems rather unbelievable or implausible.
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review 2018-02-01 16:02
Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
Dark in Death - J.D. Robb

A young actress is killed with a ice pick in a darkened theater while watching Psycho. There's no motive, no real suspect...It looks like a random killing, yet Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels the victim was carefully selected.

Then an unexpected source, a mystery writer friend of Nadine's, offers a seemingly outlandish explanation...And everything suddenly makes sense. Someone is plagiarizing the author's work, but with deadly results...

It was a real pleasure (after a streak of not-so-good suspense/mysteries) to revisit this favorite series of mine, its characters, its relationships, and its mysteries.

The story didn't disappoint. It had its slow moments, and a false climax to boot, but it packed the punch I come to expect from an In Death novel.
The investigation was intriguing, keeping us guessing, trying to outthink the killer alongside the characters, the pacing, especially toward the end, was nicely pumped-up, and the killer was a psychotic beauty to behold.
The final confrontation in the box, when it's all revealed, struck somewhere between annoyance, disgust, and sympathy for the pitiful creature the killer truly was.

The main characters were wonderful as always, their interactions and relationships realistic, the tempo almost perfect, the voice consistent and known, and the plot with all its elements and twists engaging.

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review 2018-01-31 18:05
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts

Come sundown by Nora Roberts
The family business is running the ranch.
Bo runs it when Alice Bodine and she's returning home with all of her posssessions.
She recalls what had drawn her away...
The story moves to the present day where we find Maureen ahead of her schedule.
Other ranchers would be doing their chores. She runs the resort.
Love the idea of what all the resort offers, all inclusive for sure. Like ideas for the winter holidays to draw more to the area.
Story alternates between the ranch and resort to what Alice is going through.
Like hearing of all the relationships, in all different age groups.
The stories do combine towards the end when clues start getting solved. Love this book although it left me so scared and things were happening.
Would make a great series with so many characters in the family.
I received this book from National Library Service for my BARD (Braille Audio Reading Device).

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text 2018-01-24 19:15
Come Sundown - Nora Roberts
COME SUNDOWN by Nora Roberts
The only other Nora Roberts (J D Robb) book I have read is her dystopian YEAR ONE. This is a stand-alone thriller.
The Bodine Ranch and Resort are both run by a close knit family. Bodine Longbow, the eldest daughter is the focus of the book and the COO of the family enterprise. She is clearly drawn and multidimensional as is Callen Skinner, a new hire and old acquaintance. Alice, Bodine’s aunt, who has been missing for years is an integral part of the plot as is Sundown, a highly trained and intelligent horse.
When young women start disappearing and then are found murdered in the close vicinity of the ranch, the plot becomes apparent. There are plenty of red herrings, plot twists, love interests and Ranch/Resort complications to keep the reader interested in this 450 page novel. Roberts is a master of the thriller/love story genre and it shows in this outing.
5 of 5 stars for a convincing thriller with likeable characters, interesting locale and pleasing secondary plots.


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review 2018-01-22 16:30
Older Nora Roberts romance, not bad
Omnibus: Hidden Heart: This Magic Moment / Storm Warning - Nora Roberts Originally published in 1983 and 1984 this was interesting to read, you can see how she's starting to experiment with the format and how she's expanding the format. There's also some work with pushy 80s heroes and how they don't have to get their own way short-term but eventually do get their way. There's also compromise and things work out well for both parties. This Magic Moment is a story about a magician and a producer and about how they learn to live with each other's flaws and bad upbringings. The romance was pretty good but the end left me a little let down. Storm Warning is much more in her more recent thriller vein. Auitumn Gallagher goes to visit her aunt in her mountain inn and to take some photographs only to find the man who broke her heart there, leaving would admit she cares. Then a storm closes them in and one of the guests is murdered. Several of the guests have motive including her ex. Light easy reads, the guys are sometimes over pushy but they are probably better than most of the era.
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