When Quinn Collins set out to live on her own, she answered an ad for a roommate and moved in with Esther Vaughan never dreaming that Esther would turn out to become her best friend. Then one morning she awakes to the sound of Esther’s alarm going off but Esther’s not in her room and her bedroom window is wide open to the freezing cold Chicago air. Surely she didn’t climb down the fire escape in the middle of the night! Quinn waits in vain for Esther to return but it doesn’t happen. It seems that Esther has disappeared! Was she kidnapped? Did she run away from something? Quinn idolizes Esther and she can’t imagine what has happened to her. She enlists the help of her friend Ben from work and tries to figure out where Esther is. But the more Quinn tries to puzzle through what happened to Esther, the more she realizes how little she really knows about her friend. She’s beginning to think that Esther is not the saint that she always imagined.
Meanwhile, in a small town near Lake Michigan, a young man named Alex Gallo has given up his dream of college to take care of his father who became a good-for-nothing drunkard when his mother left. He spends his hopeless days working as a dishwasher in the Priddy’s café. One day a new customer comes in and she’s a young woman he has never seen around town before. Alex gives the woman the name “Pearl” and he finds her to be quite an intriguing mystery. He sets his sights on finding out more about her. But Alex’s boredom and loneliness may be leading him down a dangerous road.
Don’t You Cry is full of suspense and the details of each storyline will keep the reader guessing right up until the end. Piece by piece the puzzle falls into place until the big reveal. This is one of those where you think you have it all figured out but you never quite get there. A fast-paced and compelling read!
I want to thank the publisher (Harlequin- US & Canada) for providing me with the ARC through NetGalley for an honest review.
After starting out with a nasty murder by a boy with a maniacal grin, I was expecting The Bird Eater to be so much better than it actually turned out to be.
Twenty-one years after the chilling events in the opening scene, Aaron returns to his dilapidated and reputedly haunted childhood home hoping to heal his freshly broken life. Apparently his therapist advised him to do so despite the fact that he witnessed a murder in the house and he’s currently struggling with depression, borderline substance abuse, separation from his wife and the death of his young son. Yep, being all alone in a murder house will surely cure his woes. I hope he didn’t pay that person too much for the shitty advice.
The problem for me with this story was Aaron and all of the other main characters. Aaron was a broken man and remained that way throughout the story and, quite honestly, his self-loathing exhausted me and the way the book was written kept me from feeling his anguish. There was a disconnect between Aaron and I which kept me from feeling much of anything. Aaron reconnects with his childhood friends and his childhood love and I found that so bizarre and unbelievably frustrating that I nearly have no words. I mean, 21 years have passed, he was 14 freaking years old when his world crumbled and this Cheri person is still carrying a torch for him?!!!
Dayam, even I gave up on Corey Hart after a year and moved on with my life when he didn’t show up to whisk me away and I was in luv.
Reality should’ve kicked in for Cheri at some point in those 21 years!
And did I mention that Cheri is also MARRIED to some poor schlub who works his bum off so she can buy nice things and she’s ready to toss him away because her grief ridden true love has returned!? Cheri thinks she can fix Aaron. Ugh, Cheri was a weak, pathetic excuse for a character and only managed to suck any enjoyment out of this story for me. Aaron’s other childhood friend is a supposed ghost hunter but doesn’t do any ghost hunting in the local haunted house. WTF is going on with these characters?!
Whew, glad that’s out of the way. There were a few things I enjoyed; the creep factor, the crazed Birdboy, the atmosphere and the slow build (to a lame reveal) but obviously this is not a book I would ever reread.
It’s getting 2 ½ stars because I am bothered!
This book will fulfill my Ghost square.
The ex and the cop really annoyed me in this one. And by extention Adam annoyed me too in his dealings with his ex. Yes he got feisty eventually but not soon enough. And as for the waitress sticking her oar in...
Wow, didn't realise how much the secondary characters really wound me up in this one until I starting writing the review.
Reading that back makes this sound like a negative review but it's not.
On the whole the story was an interesting look at how just because you can marry not everyone is going to want to.
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.
This romance was just charming! I am not usually too eager to read wedding themed books but I like Lauren Layne's writing enough that I knew I had to read this one. This was a really fun premise with most of the wedding talk being about a groom who had a history of leaving his brides at the alter. Throw in a reality show wanting to capitalize on that and and you have a great set up. This was just a lot of fun to read and I enjoyed every page of it.
Jordan comes to Lucky Hollow with one thing on her mind. She is determined to secure Luke Elliott, the hunky local firefighter, for a new TV show. Luke has left 3 brides standing at the alter and seems to be the perfect choice for the new reality TV show. There is only one problem. Luke isn't interested. At all. Jordan refuses to give up too quickly so she settles in for an extended stay in the small town of Lucky Hollow.
Luke is an all around good guy. He works for the local fire department and has a great group of friends. He is not at all interested in the attention he is getting in regards to possibly staring in a new reality show. He has had 3 relationships end poorly but he has moved on with his life. The entire town seems to want him to sign on for the show and they have all become friends with Jordan.
I really enjoyed Jordan and Luke as a couple. They started out as adversaries because of the TV show before giving into their attraction to each other. Even when they were arguing with each other, they had some great chemistry. They seemed to be really good together anytime they shared a scene. They both had some painful events in their past that were heartbreaking.
I would recommend this book to fans of contemporary romance. This was a really fun story filled with wonderful characters. It was one of those story that leaves you with a big grin on your face by the time you get to the last page. I can't wait to read more of this new series soon!
I received an advance reader edition of this book from Random House Publishing Group - Loveswept via NetGalley.
This was such a charming romance. Jordan and Luke had fantastic chemistry and just seemed to fit. By the end of this book, I had a huge grin on my face.