I can always trust what I'm going to get with a Nora Roberts book and to date, I don't think I've been disappointed. I thought this might be a first as I made my way through the first few chapters. It was like an episode of Criminal Minds and that's not really how I want my Noras to be! *LOL* But then we got on with the story and things all fell into place.
All my fave elements were there, the hot hero, the heroine that I would love to share a bottle of wine and a giggle with, the supporting cast of friends and family and the obligatory dog or two. Most importantly, the banter was there. One of my favourite things about Nora books is the banter, indeed all the dialogue, between the characters.
In reading other reviews of this book, a lot of folks moaned about how much there was of the renovation talk. I had no problem with it as that whole part of the plot was mirroring the inner journey of Naomi, our heroine. What drove me nuts was the constant description of all the food! I'm so not a foodie. *LOL*
I enjoyed how Naomi and Xander fell in love and I totally enjoyed their courtship. Yeah, Xander might be a little perfect, but it's a perfect I like and it makes me happy, so... :)
The suspenseful part of the story was okay, not Nora's best nor her worst, but again, it felt like an episode of Criminal Minds and while that's one of my favourite shows, it's not really what I want in my Nora books. I don't think it was too difficult to figure out who the bad guy was once the mystery part really got going.
Anyway, it was a Nora and I liked it. :)
(By the way, I didn't really set out to read two books with the same title back to back, it just happened. *LOL*)
I've been looking for a good f/f romance to sink my teeth into, but you know what? Most f/f romances by recced authors are out of my budget range! I can't spent $13 on a 250 page romance novel. I don't spend that for ANY novel if I'm honest.
Anyway, Cathy Pegau is a recommended author whose books don't cost an arm and a leg, so I've picked up a handful. Deep Deception is the first one I've read. It's a science fiction, suspense, romance and a good read. It didn't satisfy my want for a good juicy romance, it's leaning more towards suspense/romance than romance/suspense if that makes any sense. I should mention that Cathy's other 2 books in this setting of Nevarro appear to be loosely linked to this one - which is the 3rd one written - but every place I've checked confirms that the books can be read separately.
The main characters, Natalia and Gennie are interesting enough if a little sparsely drawn. The story is told more from Natalia's POV, so she gets the lion share of introspection and backstory, but I found myself wanting to know more of Gennie's history. Her childhood before she hooked up with the Reyes family for instance.
Somewhat formulaic but nonetheless enjoyable, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of Cathy's books in my TBR pile.
The Talented Mr. Rivers gives me everything I expect when I pick up a HelenKay book. There is an intense, hot, steamy connection between the main characters, dangerous action that threatens the MCs, a few twists and turns and a fun and clever supporting cast. Oh, and some fun banter too.
I had one problem with this book and I know it's probably just me and I can't figure out why, but I had SUCH a problem with the names of the main characters. Hunter, the bodyguard/agent/tough guy and Will, the younger of the two, the college grad, the almost studious one, the youngest, supposedly oblivious sibling of a vicious crime family. I kept getting their names mixed up. I'd read Will and be surprised that it was Hunter and vice versa. It was very annoying and lasted through the whole book. I've never come across this specific problem before. *LOL*
Sexy, steamy suspense is what HelenKay does and it's so much fun to read. Her characters are always wonderfully larger than life and always flawed in some way or another. :) Except for Seth, I've not seen a single flaw in him yet. Maybe in the next book, his story, Guarding Mr. Fine.